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J. Lohr Chardonnay Highlands Bench 2011

J. Lohr Chardonnay Highlands Bench 750ml 2011      
Sku: 1846275*

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Aug 2013)
More defined and detailed, the 2011 Chardonnay Highlands Bench comes from the cooler Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Offering up crisp white peach, crushed stone-like minerality, toasted nut and white flowers, with hints of honeysuckle, it flows onto the palate with a deft, clean texture that carries juicy acidity and plenty of clean fruit. It-s impressive and is a beautiful Chardonnay to drink over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016.”,,,

Wine maker notes
J. Lohr Highlands Bench Chardonnay comes from the Escolle Road Vineyard, just west of the town of Gonzales in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey. We were invited to partner with a group of friends - Gary Caraccioli, the Nunes and Hiyashi families - in 2006, to establish a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard on Rianda family property. We participated in soil evaluation, vineyard layout and clone and rootstock selection, ultimately choosing the sandiest soils for Chardonnay planting. The clones selected were a Wente clone from Larry Hyde’s vineyard in Carneros, and a Robert Young selection from Sonoma County - both shy bearing, but very flavorful. The close proximity to Monterey Bay, the eastern slope and aspect, and the elevation above the Salinas Valley floor provide a cool, sunny, ideal environment for growing intensely flavored Burgundian varietals.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Monterey County
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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