Winery of the Month

January 2020 Winery of the Month – J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

To celebrate the New Year, we’re offering the ever popular J Lohr Vineyards as our 1st winery of the month for 2020. Jerry Lohr is a farmer at heart who also happens to have a passion for fine winemaking. In the early seventies, he planted 280 acres of wine grapes in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, and soon after completed his winery in San Jose. Jerry next aimed for Paso Robles and purchased what now encompasses 2,000 acres of vineyards, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varietals. An adjacent winery and barrel facility was built to expand upon this love of wine and land. While most wineries buy fruit from grape growers, or finished wine from contract wineries, J. Lohr owns nearly 3,000 acres of California vineyards, giving winemaker Jeff Meier complete control over which blocks make the cut, and which grapes are sold off to other wineries. Meier is in the enviable position of working with fruit from a diversity of different soil types and climates, from Paso Robles to Monterey to Napa Valley. The goal is to produce varietals that focus on flavor and complexity through vineyard selection and innovative enological practices. The bottom line for Jerry Lohr is simply to offer the consumer excellent product at a fair price, which he does in spades. Happy New Year!

Sauvignon Blanc Flume Cross Arroyo Sec

suggested retail $17.99 – WOTM Special $14.99

Bright aromas and flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit and passionfruit highlight this bright, crisp and well-structured Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Arroyo Seco appellation. By fermenting part of the blend in new acacia wood barrels, a rich textural component was developed to play off of the varietal brightness achieved with the stainless steel aging of the remaining portion.

Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco

suggested retail $16.99 – WOTM Special $13.99

The fresh aromas of lime zest, nectarine, peach and apple combined with the perfumed vanilla and toasted oak bouquet from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging create an elegant Chardonnay from Monterey’s Arroyo Seco AVA. The flavors are very clean with peach, nectarine and citrus with subtle butter and vanilla toastiness, producing layers of complexity with an excellent balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate-weight. This wine is ideal for pairing with richly-textured fish and seafood or white cream-sauced pasta dishes.

Riesling Bay Mist Monterey County

suggested retail $11.99 – WOTM Special $9.99

Offers up enticing fruit aromas of green apple, apricot and wet stone. The low residual sugar is balanced by the crisp grape acidity and natural spritz from a long cool fermentation, creating a delightfully fruity and refreshing white. Excellent complement toThai basil chicken with coconut, Indian curried chicken, or as an aperitif.

Valdiguie Arroyo Seco

suggested retail $11.99 – WOTM Special $9.99

Intense varietal aromas of boysenberry, plum, blackberry, and Bing cherry preserves abound while the fruit complexion in the body favors blackberry and plum fruits. The luscious fruit and lingering acidity make this wine ideal as an aperitif – it can be served with a slight chill – or try it with soft cheeses, tapanades and light red sauce dishes.

Pinot Noir Falcon’s Perch Monterey County

suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM Special $15.99
90 Points The Wine Cellar Insider 2017

Adorned with aromas of red fruit, lilac, rose petal, vanilla and notes of sage and thyme. Soft tannins on the palate give way to a clean finish which pairs well with pan-seared Ahi tuna with sesame, smoked salmon on savory crackers, or a cheese plate with Humboldt Fog.

Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles

suggested retail $17.99 – WOTM Special $14.99

The aroma is dominated by fresh blueberry and boysenberry fruit and layered with spicy oak. The palate is greeted by an array of red fruits similar to those on the nose, with some cherry fruit thrown in for good measure. The wine has a full mid-palate and a firm finish that carries the wine through with a lingering hint of fruits and licorice spice. This wine would be ideal with roast meats and hearty stews.

Cabernet Sauvignon 7 Oaks Paso Robles

suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM Special  $16.99

An abundance of dark cherry and black currant fruit greets the nose, enhanced by spicy clove and toasty notes. On the palate, the fruit follows through with full weight and a lingering intensity and balance from the tannins. Enjoy with your favorite steak, roast, meat loaf and winter stews.