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J. Lohr Estates of Monterey celebrates 25 years

Dwight Casimere | 7/31/2013, 12:03 a.m.
J. Lohr Estates made the first vintage of its eponymous Roverstone Chardonnay 25 years ago. In honor of its first ...

2011 Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir ($17) is another price-friendly creation that proves that California Pinot Noir doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to make a significant statement at the dining table. This under $20 beauty is long on flavor and is one of the most velvety expressions of Monterey County Pinot Noir out there. Distinct, with rich, dark fruit flavors and a velvety texture, it has the depth to take on a grass fed steak or smoky, spice-rubbed ribs with its deep concentration of flavors and fresh, clean acidity.

2011 South Ridge Syrah ($15) similarly accentuates the rich fruit flavors and strong tannins of this classic grape from the Paso Robles region. Its almost a perfect red wine with its hint of smokiness from aging in lightly toasted and just a touch of spice. The oak never dominates, but only serves to enhance the delicate fruit flavors and soft texture of this red wine that just bursts with red berry flavors. This wine is just brimming with ripe, whole berry flavor!

2012 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling ($10) is another value-priced wine that will stun the would-be wine experts in your immediate circle. The measured approach to winemaking heightened the fresh fruit flavor and bright color of the wine, creating an Riesling of outstanding taste and character. J. Lohr uses a Stelvin closure (screw cap) to preserve the freshness of the wine and lock in its spectacular fruit flavors. The wine is labeled with the International Riesling Foundation's Taste Profile Scale to mark the wine's place along the dry to sweet spectrum. J/. Lohr has been growing Riesling in the Arroyo Seco since 1972. The 2011 vintage is a testament to the two and a half decades of experience of Winemaker Jeff Meier and his team. You won't find a better tasting Riesling at any price!