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by Fred McMillin
...WineDay, December 18, 1997
Does It Age Well?
In a 1997 tasting we were impressed by the 1995 J. Lohr Pinot Blanc with its touch of oak. So, we put another bottle of it into our cellar to see how well it would age. So after three very quiet years at about 55 degrees, we quietly slipped it into the last tasting. The envelope, please.
The Minority Opinion
There were 15 tasters. Three of them (20%) felt it had lost some charm between 1997 and 2000.
The Majority Opinion
Twelve tasters (EIGHTY PERCENT) found the time in the cellar was well spent. The Pinot Blanc tasted better when five years old than when two. The twelve elevated the rating to HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Why We Don't Know More About This Pinot
Chardonnay has been growing in Burgundy for nine centuries. Pinot Blanc has been growing (in Burgundy) for a little over one century. It has a bright, unfolding future.
Your Own Test
When the budget permits, we'd suggest purchasing two bottle of the Lohr Pinot, and two of the award-winning Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay, of the same vintage, of course. Sip two now, and two in 2005. To order, contact the office of Mark Dirickson, (408) 288-5057, FAX (408) 993-2276.
Jerry Lohr, (pictured), planted his first vines in 1972. There were 11 varieties. Twenty eight years later only four are still in the Lohr vineyard, and one of the four is Pinot Blanc.
Note: About aging the Lohr Chardonnay, see the Sept. 28, 1998 WineDay titled "Age Whites?"
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