Following a relatively dry winter, the 2008 growing season began with an early bud break in mid March. A troublesome arctic cold front in April brought frost damage and limited crop size in winegrape vineyards, blueberry fields and cherry orchards from British Columbia to Southern California. Typical summer heat accumulation came sporadically and brix levels rose while the fruit retained its natural acidity. The quality of the 2008 vintage is apparent in the wine’s density and strong regional expression of fresh fruit character.
The source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is VZZ Vineyard, 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 just walking the vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot, and these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set in order to intensify flavor. Both varieties were hand-harvested into half-ton bins on October 18th. The final picking decision was predicated on a moderation of fruit acidity just prior to harvest. The Syrah component for this blend came from block 4 of the Terra Bella Vineyard, located at 1,800 foot elevation within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles AVA.
||Paso Robles AVA
||54% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre,
22% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah
| Harvest Dates:
||Grenache and Mourvèdre
harvested Oct. 18th, Syrah on Oct. 9th, 2008
||Hand-harvested, berry sorted
on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
|| 30° Brix average, pH
3.25 - 3.64, total acidity .59 g/100ml average
|| Open-top tanks with
punchdowns 1 to 3 times per day
||Cold soak 4 days prior to
||15 day fermentation prior to
||11 months in oak barrels
||2-year-old French oak barrels
||4 months prior to release
||15.35% by volume
||Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.
“J. Lohr Gesture GSM is a medium-dark color with a balanced red hue. Aromas of black cherry, orange blossom and lilac are lifted by a delicate bouquet of toasty crème brulée. The long-lasting plummy flavors are refreshing and whet the appetite for healthy garden cuisine.”
Price: $30.00 750ml
THIS VINTAGE IS SOLD OUT. THE '09 WILL BE RELEASED IN JUNE OR JULY 2011