I had the pleasure of a private tasting hosted by Kristen Barnhisel at the
J. Lohr Wine Center, near Downtown San Jose.
Kristen's resume reads something like an international wine journal.
Along with a B.A. In Italian Literature, Kristen's winemaking and world experience extends to three continents. Adding to that, she is the ASEV President for 2019-2020.
As J. Lohr's white wine maker, Kristen pours two decades of winemaking into her line of wines.
Her winemaking style is stamped on each of her wines—pleasing mid-palate textures, wines that finish with a lasting impression, and fresh aromatics.
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines is quintessential Californian. Founder Jerry Lohr and team have been crafting wines from California fruit for over 50 years. With a focus on sourcing grapes from noteworthy growing regions, wine enthusiasts can enjoy white wines from the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions in Monterey County. Or tuck into J. Lohr reds, grown and produced in Paso Robles, as well as Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley.
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines produce and bottle all of their wines. That control in the vineyard leads to quality wines. And with bottles ranging from $10-60, there are options for everyone. For J. Lohr's reds and additional selections, visit their site at: (Link.)
For the Wines
As with any fine wine tasting, J. Lohr Wines offers a dessert wine.
2017 Late Harvest White Riesling, Arroyo Seco.
Kristen cleverly called this “the noble rot dessert wine.”
Meaning, the influence of Botrytis on the graves gives this dessert wine beautiful textures as it softly coats the mouth. Flavors of honey, apricot, stone fruits, and marmalade would pair seamlessly with a cheese board, Medjool dates, or semi-sweet chocolate.
From J. Lohr's select vineyards to its savvy and knowledgeable wine staff,
the end results are wines that leave a lasting impression.
With a tasting room in San Jose, and one in Paso Robles,
you're bound to find an opportunity to taste J. Lohr Wines.
Here's to the wines that start & finish well.
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