J. Lohr, Arroyo Seco (Monterey County, California) Chardonnay “Arroyo Vista” 2015

($25): J. Lohr was one of, if not the first, to embrace Arroyo Secco appellation of Monterey County when he planted vines there in 1972.  His experience has allowed him to differentiate vineyards within the appellation.  This Chardonnay from Arroyo Vista vineyard is clearly different from the one labeled October Night — it’s not just a marketing gimmick.  This one has an appealing firmness that balances the delicate fruitiness.  Uplifting acidity in the finish keeps you coming back for more.  It’s a terrific bargain because most Chardonnays in this price range lack its elegance.
91 Michael Apstein Apr 18, 2017