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2009 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles had a dry start and a wet finish. Preseason rainfall totals were scant, reaching just half of the 12 inch norm. Merlot responded to the dry conditions by setting smaller, more intense berries with berry weights averaging under 1 gram. Cold April temperatures limited vine growth in the first month after budbreak but were followed by a warmer month of May with a one day temperature spike reaching 104° F just after bloom. The added heat units helped to establish the canopy needed to get the Merlot harvest underway. However, we were hit by an unlikely storm on October 13th that delivered over 6 inches of rain in a single day and delayed our harvest plans for a week. The 2009 wines show intense color and significant tannin structure, with the bright fruit signature that we expect from J. Lohr.


Vineyards
Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle- Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these welldrained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


Food Pairings
This wine is an ideal pairing for seafood bisque or filet with wild mushrooms.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 78% Merlot,17% Malbec, 4% Zinfandel, 1% Petie Verdot
Harvest Dates:  September 28 through October 21st, 2009
Brix at harvest: 25.2° Brix avg
   
Vinification:  
Fermentation:  Whole berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Malolactic: 100% malolactic
Maturation: 12 months in barrel
Barrel type: American Oak (Missouri and Minnesota)
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.68
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.9% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.26%
Cellaring: . Delicious now, but has the structure to age up to 5 years

Winemaker's Comments
The 2009 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are accentuated by the high fraction of Malbec in this year’s blend. The toasty oak signature is reminiscent of hazelnut and dark chocolate. This soft red wine has a fine texture on the palate and finishes with a bright Rainier cherry fruit signature. —Steve Peck, red winemaker

 

Price: $15.00 750ml

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2010 Painter Bridge Zinfandel

VINTAGE
Like many works of art, the 2010 Painter Bridge Zinfandel was designed with an eye towards good composition. The fruit for this wine comes from four Paso Robles Zinfandel blocks and is blended with a wonderfully soft and spicy Syrah, which offers fruit and length, and a bit of Petite Sirah for additional body and palate structure. Each lot of Zinfandel was fermented separately, extracting the nuances of the individual vineyard blocks and drawing out a supple texture. Painter Bridge Zinfandel is awash with the gorgeous red fruit characters of the Zinfandel grape, and has been stylized to accent the delicate fruit without overpowering it with too much oak.

Enjoy in its youth, or lay down for up to five years


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Central Coast, Paso Robles
Composition: 90% Zinfandel, 9% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates: October 29th, 2010
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry-sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: 23.7° Brix, 3.44 pH, 0.57 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification:  
  Maturation: Tank for 6 months
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.51
  Total Acidity: 0.72
  Alcohol: 12.9% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.28 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 Painter Bridge Zinfandel shows great color density with youthful red hues. The aromas are of ripe red fruits, raspberry confection and black tea with white and black pepper spice. The palate delivers a fruity and plump, yet supple wine with characteristic spicy Zinfandel pepperiness.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Enjoy with pasta puttanesca, pizza or grilled meats.

Price: $7.00 750ml

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2010 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from Monterey Bay and down the Monterey appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating richly flavored Chardonnay fruit with grapefruit and other citrus flavors paired with peach and tropical flavors. Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright fruit flavors.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  100% Monterey Arroyo Seco
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.58% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.35 g/100 ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay is a vibrant, pale straw color with aromas of ripe peach, pear and honeysuckle. It has lively peach and pear flavors with hints of vanilla and toasted oak. The refreshing acidity, creamy palate texture and bright fruit aromas and flavors make it an ideal accompaniment to grilled chicken and roasted halibut.

Price: $10.00 750ml

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2009 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles was warmer and drier than average, followed by a heavy rainfall event in mid-October that attenuated ripening of late-maturing varietals. This vintage followed the third consecutive year of below-normal winter rainfall in the Paso Robles AVA, with just under 7 inches recorded at our home ranch weather station. Following a brief heat wave at the end of August, this early-ripening Syrah block saw Brix levels rise due to dehydration of the fruit. We patiently waited out the heat and were rewarded with three weeks of additional hangtime before picking at the onset of a second heat spike in late September.


VINEYARDS
This Syrah is from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the Adelaida subdistrict of the Paso Robles AVA, at an elevation of 1,800 feet. This super steep south-facing Block 6 is planted to Syrah clone 877, farmed to just one cluster per shoot and is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:

Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 94% Syrah, 6% Grenache
Harvest Dates:  September 17, 2009
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half ton bins prior to destemming and berry sorting on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest chemistries: 28.4° Brix, 0.64 g/100ml TA, 3.47 pH
Vinification:  
Yeast: Lallemand RC212 yeast
Fermentation:  Fermented in 10 ton open top tank
Temperature: Cold soak 5 days at 55°F, then fermented to 90°F peak temperature
Maceration: 9 days on skins
Malolactic:  100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
Maturation: 16 months in barrel
Barrel type: French oak, 36% new
Bottle aging: Bottled in March 2011
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.42
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.16 % by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 6 to 8 years.
Cases produced: 225

Winemaker's Comments
“The 2009 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows incredible density of color and leads with an overwhelming bright, jammy fruit aroma. The delicate oak signature reveals white chocolate and a touch of sage. Flavors are dense on the palate, with soft tannins and a lingering minerality.”
—Steve Peck, red winemaker


Food Pairings
Mussels with saffron crème or classic duck confit.

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Price: $30.00 750ml

2010 Cypress Vineyards Merlot

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward.  The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant – keeping coastal and inland valley’s refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Central Coast
Composition: 8o% Merlot, 16% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah.
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.68
  Total Acidity: 0.66g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.72% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.31 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Merlot presents a garnet red color of medium density with hues indicative of full maturation. Fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry and passionfruit are complemented by a bouquet of toasted oak and cocoa powder. A large portion of Malbec in the blend increases the fruit signature with a hibuscus character. The round texture and comfortable weight of this wine is followed by a sweet, mature finish. 2010 Cypress Vineyards Merlot would pair wonderfully with beef filets with a red wine sauce or barbecued ribs. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth or cellared up to five years.

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2009 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles was warmer and drier than average, followed by a heavy rainfall event on October 13th that attenuated ripening of late-maturing varietals. This vintage followed the third consecutive year of below-normal winter rainfall in the Paso Robles AVA, with just under 7 inches recorded at our home ranch weather station. In 2009, our Mourvèdre ripened one week earlier than Grenache, which is unusual for us.


VINEYARDS

Fruit for our 2009 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard (formerly Gravity Hills), located in the Willow Creek district on the western edge of the Paso Robles AVA. These ten-year-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in this block makes even just walking the vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot for this large-clustered variety, and in order to intensify flavor and color, it requires trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. We hand-harvested into half-ton bins on October 21st -- a full week after an unusually heavy rainfall in mid-October. Palate length was extended by blending 12% Syrah clone 877.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition:  88% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 21st, 2009
Harvest process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest chemistries: 26.8° Brix
Vinification:  
Yeast: Lallemand ICV-”GRE”
Fermentation: Fermented in 10 ton open-top fermenters, with light punch downs
Temperature: Moderate 88°F fermentation temperature.
Maceration: 9 days on skins and pressed after dryness
Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
Maturation:  16 months in puncheons
Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons, 56% new
Bottle aging:
Bottled in March 2011
Bottling chemistries:
pH:
3.39
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.26% by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but can be
cellared for 8 to 10 years
Cases produced: 275

Winemaker's Comments

“Mourvèdre is also known as Mataro or Monastrell among dozens of other synonyms, and is believed to be native to Spain. The 2009 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is very dark with a violet hue. Inviting aromas of black pepper and plum open up to Bing cherry once tasted. Soft on the palate with crisp acidity, this vintage leaves cardamom spice on the finish.”

—Steve Peck, red winemaker


Food Pairings

This wine is excellent with all the specialties of southwestern France, such as pork roast or pan cooked fois gras, or with prosciutto tapas with fig and brie.

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Price: $30.00 750ml

Wine Fact Sheet: 

2009 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles was warmer and drier than average, followed by a heavy rainfall event on October 13th that attenuated ripening of late-maturing varietals. This vintage followed the third consecutive year of below-normal winter rainfall in the Paso Robles AVA, with just under 7 inches recorded at our home ranch weather station. For us, Mourvèdre ripened one week earlier than Grenache in 2009. The Grenache lingered at 29° Brix for over 2 weeks, with the final picking predicated by a slight drop in acidity just at the onset of senescence.


VINEYARDS
The source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is from a vineyard once known as Gravity Hills. Located in the Willow Creek district, on the western edge of the Paso Robles AVA, these ten-year-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in these blocks makes even just walking the vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. The Syrah component for this blend came from block 4 of the Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles AVA at an elevation of 1,800 feet..


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 58% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre,
32% Syrah
 Harvest Dates: Grenache picked October 27th, 2009
Harvest process: Sunburned fruit dropped just prior to hand-harvesting to half ton bins; fruit destemmed onto dry ice before fermentation
Harvest chemistries: 29.9° Brix, 0.7 TA, 3.36 pH
Vinification: 
Yeast: Lallemand ICV-"GRE"
Fermentation: Fermented in 5 and 10 ton open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
Temperature: Moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
Malolactic: 100% malolactic, native strain
Maturation: 14 months in puncheons
Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons, 50% new
Bottle aging: Bottled in March 2011
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.36
Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.35% by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.
Cases produced: 495

Winemaker's Comments

“J. Lohr Gesture GSM presents medium color with a bright hue. The red fruit character of the Grenache is spiced with a large portion of Syrah and a small amount Mourvèdre for structure. The bouquet of anise and lilac resonate from the lovely French oak puncheons used for aging. Long-lasting plummy flavors are refreshing, whetting the appetite for healthy cuisine.”

—Steve Peck, red winemaker


Food Pairings

Pairs well with grilled meat or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence, vegetable stew or margherita pizza.

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Price: $30.00 750ml

2010 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier

VINTAGE
The 2010 growing season in the Arroyo Seco was the coldest in more than a decade, with an unseasonably wet and cool spring, followed by cloudy, brisk weather until mid-August. Fortunately, the sun returned in late August, providing much needed warmth and giving the grapes a good late-season push to ripeness. The cool weather led to a long, slow growing season with the resulting wines showing crisp acidity and finesse.


VINEYARD
The grapes for our 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier were sourced from the Cedar Lane Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey County, near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco River. Low-nutrient, sandy cobblestone soil is typical of this region, and a strong maritime influence brings foggy mornings, sunny middays and cool windy afternoons..


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Cedar Lane Vineyards
Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey County
Varietal: 100 % Viognier
Harvest Date: 10/9/10
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested with whole cluster pressing
Harvest chemistries: pH 3.55, total acidity 0.65 g/100 ml, Brix 25.1
   
Vinification  
  Yeast: R-HST
  Fermentation: Barrel fermented in 55 gallon stainless steel and neutral oak
  Maceration: None
  Malolactic: No
  Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel and oak barrels with no ML fermentation
  Barrel Type: 80% 5 year old French Oak barrels and 20% stainless steel barrels
  Bottling Aging: Bottled April 2011
   
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.38
  Total Acidity: 0.74
  Alcohol: 14.52
  Residual Sugar: 0.37
  Cases Produced: 300

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Bright pale straw color with aromas of peach, lychee and orange blossom. Its crisp acidity, bright, spicy fruit and mouth-filling viscosity are hallmarks of the Arroyo Seco appellation.”
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with shellfish, spicy Asian and Caribbean dishes, or it can simply be enjoyed with nuts and cheeses. 

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2010 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé

When comparing California wine styles to those of the Old World, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where adding sugar is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe fruit. (Some would say overripe.) In the 2010 vintage we saw cooler daily temperatures and greater hangtime in all our Paso Robles vineyards, and we achieved more intensely ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen in a decade. Grenache benefits from cooler seasonal temperatures, as this aids in color development and preserves the delicate “thiol” components that contribute fruitiness to the aroma and finish.

 


VINEYARDS
60% of the fruit is from one of our newest vineyard, located about 5 miles north of our Paso Robles winery. This vineyard has helped us strengthen our Rhône program and is the primary source of this enticing Grenache Rosé. The site is located near the northern boundary of the Paso Robles appellation and supports both our sustainably-farmed vineyard and an active wildlife corridor. The remaining 40% of the fruit came from two vineyards in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, an area known for world class Grenache.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 100% Grenache
 Harvest Dates: September 24 and
October 4, 2010
Harvest process: Hand-harvested
Harvest chemistries: Brix 23.1° avg, pH 3.38, total acidity 0.59 g/100ml
Vinification: 
Yeast: ICV-GRE
Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Temperature: Fermentation at 52°F
Maceration: Must was heated to 130° F over 6 hours prior to pressing
Malolactic: none
Barrel type: 2-year-old French oak barrels
Bottle aging: Bottled March 21, 2011
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.22
Total Acidity: 0.61 g/100ml
Alcohol: 12.72% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.49 g/100ml
Cellaring: Floral and fruit character will peak in the first year.
Cases produced: 364

Winemaker's Comments

“Mandarin, citrus and wild strawberry aromas tease the nose. The palate expresses fresh fruit, asian pear and crisp acidity. The finish is refreshingly clean and inviting for food pairings.”

Steve Peck, red winemaker

Price: $18.00 750ml


Food Pairings

The perfect pairing for shellfish, cheeses and quiche.

2010 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2010 represents the second release of J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir from Monterey County. The 2010 growing season was the coolest we’ve seen since 1998 and was ideal for expressing Pinot Noir varietal character with modest Brix levels and outstanding acidity. Lower than normal temperatures in May led to a protracted bloom and set. A very unusual 108-plus degree heat wave came in August just after veraison, and Pinot Noir was hard hit with losses amounting to 20-30% of the crop. Then, beginning in late September, mild autumn temperatures spiked a bit to bring about typical harvest dates.


VINEYARDS
Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is produced from cool climate grapes grown in select vineyards within and surrounding the Arroyo Seco region of central Monterey County. This region has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Over the past decade, the introduction of Dijon clones of Pinot, along with the old standby Pommard clone, has dramatically increased the quality of the varietal here. These newer clones are the backbone of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which has made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from vertabrate pests while preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey County, California
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
pH at Bottling: 3.81
Alcohol: 13.65% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.12 g/100ml
Vinification: Fermented in 6 to 12 ton lots in open-top punch down tanks. Temperatures peaking at 95 degrees rendered high complex color in the wine.
Maturation: Matured in stainless steel with a minimal fraction aged in French oak barrels
Harvest Dates: September 27- October 22, 2010

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This wine has a garnet color, and is adorned with aromas of red fruit, lilac, rose petal, vanilla and notes of sage and thyme. Tar, beeswax and oak frame the complex varietal character unique to Pinot Noir. Soft tannins on the palate give way to the fine, talcy finish on this very food friendly wine.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with pan-seared Ahi tuna with sesame, smoked salmon on savory crackers, or a cheese plate with Humboldt Fog.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of red fruit, lilac, vanilla, sage and thyme complement notes of tar, beeswax and oak.

Price: $17.00 750ml



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