Arroyo Seco Monterey, California
Wine Enthusiast 90 points, Best Buy!
The vines for J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils, underlain by "riverstones" deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soils keep the vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season - retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay.
"The 2019 J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of ripe orange, fresh nectarine, and hazelnut, which are complemented by the palate flavors of apricot, ripe peach, and honey. The rich texture and balance on the palate from aging sur lie gives way to flavors of vanilla, citrus cream, and a hint of oak on the long finish."- Kristen Barnhisel, J Lohr winemaker, white wine
J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years with a variety of dishes, such as salmon in a creamy Dijon sauce, chicken with mushroom sauce, or Niçoise salad with a citrus vinaigrette.