J Lohr Riesling 2011

This time I went with a California Riesling.

Winemaker:  J Lohr
Wine:  Bay Mist White Riesling
Varietal:  Riesling
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  Monterey County, California
Price:  $8.99

Notes:  Interestingly, this wine is a blend of 92% White Riesling, 6% Gewurztraminer and 2% Orange Muscat.  It was a pale yellow in the glass, and I got scents of apple and citrus in the bouquet.  On the palate the wine has a very light effervescence.  Flavors for me were primarily apple and lime with peach notes.  There was grass on the finish and some light hints of spice as well.  Alcohol is at 13.1% – dry by comparison with most Rieslings.  Acidity seemed fine but not as bright as with others I’ve had.  Overall, it’s a pleasant wine.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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3 thoughts on “J Lohr Riesling 2011

  1. I’m really not very fond of these blends that add other grapes to Rieslings. I feel like it is sometimes done to fool me: the Gewuerztraminer will make the nose way more interesting and deeper, even in these low quantities, and yet the flavor will be different. I find that confusing…and weird for my love Riesling, which I prefer pure. 🙂

    • I understand. I mean, if it says Riesling on the bottle … right? But that isn’t the wine business, as we know. I think 2011 was a tough year weather-wise for California grapes. And what does a winemaker do, for instance, if they have a bunch of waterlogged grapes? Although I checked quickly on the 2010 of this wine, and J Lohr used Gewuerztraminer and Orange Muscat in that vintage as well.

      • I know. Pretty much every wine law allows to add other grapes – to varying degrees – and still label just one variety on the bottle. I don’t quite understand why that needs to be, but there seems little will to change that…as for Lohr, seems like it is how they do it, which is fine. I just don’t like it. 🙂

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