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Wine Recommendation

Wine:J. Lohr Winery 2005 Riverstone Estates Chardonnay, Greenfield Vineyard (Arroyo Seco)

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

2005 Riverstone Estates Chardonnay
(Arroyo Seco)

Jerry Lohr thinks Chardonnay is the signature grape of the Arroyo Seco AVA, and he grows a lot of it: more than 800 acres. Most of it goes into this moderately priced ($14) wine, although Lohr does produce a single-vineyard bottling of Chardonnay, too. The Riverstone Chardonnay takes its name from the “river stones” or cobblestones that lie beneath the soils of much of Arroyo Seco. These stones help keep the vines’ vegetative growth under control.

The weather during harvest in 2005 never got too hot, and the grapes were picked over the course of a month, as each vineyard block was ready. The wine was 100 percent barrel fermented, then spent nine months in a combination of French and American oak of varying ages. About 60 percent of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation. It’s a very pretty Chardonnay, with some floral and jasmine nuances adding complexity to the ripe pear and citrus fruit. There’s some oak evident, but it’s well-integrated. Overall, the Riverstone Chardonnay is crisp and exceptionally well-balanced. Vice president of winemaking Jeff Meier suggests drinking it with richly textured fish or seafood, or with cream-sauced pasta.

Reviewed March 15, 2007 by Laurie Daniel.

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The Wine

Winery: J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Riverstone Estates Chardonnay
Appellation: Arroyo Seco
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $14.00

Review Date: 3/15/2007

The Reviewer

Laurie Daniel

Laurie Daniel, wine columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, has been reviewing wine for more than 10 years. She doesn’t use numbers, preferring to describe her recommended wines and let consumers decide for themselves. Laurie believes that bigger isn’t necessarily better; she’s partial to wines of balance, finesse and character. Her particular interests are Pinot Noir (versions that really taste like Pinot, that is) and aromatic whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.