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.
Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light to medium straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of peaches, tangerine, yellow floral, baking spices, vanilla, and cocoa. These aromas echo on the palate and are complemented by fresh orange and apricot, balanced with creamy texture from aging sur lie. Flavors of crème brûlée and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish.
This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, such as salmon in a creamy citrus tarragon sauce, chicken with mushroom sauce, or apple fennel salad with a citrus vinaigrette. (from the vintner)
CountryU.S.A.Region/StateCaliforniaSub-RegionArroyo SecoVarietalChardonnayVintage2016Alcohol13.5%Grape100% Chardonnay