Tasting Panel Review
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The 35th vintage of this beloved wine showcases how cool-climate Monterey - specifically Arroyo Seco - packs charm and elegance, texture, and balance - into a Chardonnay. Of course, the talented hands of winemaker Kristen Barnhisel weigh in. Malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging add to the wine's innate richness. Striking scents of lemon meringue, creamed corn, and yellow flowers emerge effortlessly. The focus is crystal clear as acidity waves its wand and casts a textural spell with mouthwatering notes of summer peach, lime, and kiwi. The finish of candied yam and Mandarin orange peel is exotic.
Wine Tasting Notes
The J. Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Seco Monterey Chardonnay displays enticing aromas of ripe orange, white peach, nectarine, cocoa, and baking spices. The rich texture and balance on the palate from barrel aging sur lie offers flavors of ripe Meyer lemon, citrus cream, hazelnut, and a hint of oak on the long finish.
This versatile wine pairs with a wide variety of foods, including fresh seafood risotto, mussels in white wine sauce, roast chicken with apples, and holiday ham and turkey.