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2008 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Merlot

ARIEL 2008 California Merlot offers all of the benefits of a red wine, with less than half of one- percent alcohol. The grapes were grown in San Luis Obispo county, from vineyards known for superior Merlot production.

Merlot

ARIEL California Merlot was fermented and aged in the traditional red wine method: fermentation in stainless steel cooperage on the skins at temperatures above 75° F (24° C). After fermentation, the wine was separated from the skins and a portion was moved to small French oak barrels for aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold filtration.


Technical Data

Ethanol:  0.15% by volume

Varietal Profile: 85% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% other reds

Serving Size: 100 ml = 3.38 ounces

Calories/Serving:  approximately 24

Cases Produced: 2,100


Winemaker's Comments

ARIEL California Merlot has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis, combined with a white chocolate, clove and oak bouquet from the barrel aging. At its optimum maturity two years after bottling, it can be enjoyed immediately or held for up to seven years. ARIEL Merlot is the ideal accompaniment to beef, lamb and wild game dishes.

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2008 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

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 to not only winegrapes, but 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.

 


VINEYARDS
The majority of the fruit for this wine is from Terra Bella Vineyard. Located at 1,800 foot elevation within the Adelaida district of the Paso Robles AVA, the steep south-facing Block 6 is planted to Syrah clone 877 and is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:

Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 100% Syrah
Harvest Dates:  September 12, 2008
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested, held grapes
3 days prior to destemming and berry sorting on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest chemistries: 28.1° Brix, pH 3.1, total acidity .96 g/100ml
Vinification:  
Yeast: VR5
Fermentation:  Open-top tank with 1 to 3
punchdowns per day
Temperature:  90° F maximum
Maceration:  7 days on skins
Malolactic:  100% malolactic in neutral barrels
Maturation: 13 months in new 500 liter puncheons, 4 months in neutral oak
Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons
Forests: Center of France
Coopers: François Frères and Demptos,
medium+ and heavy toast
Bottle aging: 4 months prior to release
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.49
Total Acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.95 % by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 6 to 8 years.
Cases produced: 514

Winemaker's Comments
“This truly rare offering of 2008 Gesture Syrah from J. Lohr
showcases plummy aromas of violet, and tilled earth. Nurtured in French oak puncheons, a subtle bouquet of dark chocolate and roasted hazelnut compliments the fresh fruit signature. Alive with the natural acidity inherent to this high altitude vineyard, this wine is quite food friendly and will pair well with your favorite roasted duck recipe. Certain to age gracefully for 6 to 8 years.”
—Steve Peck, red winemaker

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2008 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

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.

VINEYARDS

Mourvèdre for our J. Lohr Gesture was grown at 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 this block makes just walking the vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot for this large-clustered variety, which requires trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set in order to intensify flavor and color. We 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. To round out this varietal blend, we incorporated 13% Syrah clone 877 and 12% Grenache from the VZZ Vineyard.

TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition:  75% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah,
12% Grenache
Harvest Dates:  October 18th, 2008
Harvest process:  Hand-harvested
Harvest chemistries: 30.2° Brix, pH 3.64,
total acidity .54 g/100ml
Vinification:  
Yeast: VR5
Fermentation: Open-top tanks with daily
punchdowns
Temperature: Six-day cold soak before
inoculation. Peak fermentation to 90° F.
Maceration: 15 days to pressing
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrel
Maturation:  14 months in 1 year old French
oak, with 50% in new French oak for 3 months
Barrel type: French oak barrels
Bottle aging:
4 months prior to release
Bottling chemistries:
pH:
3.43
Total Acidity: 0.71 g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.28% by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but can be
cellared for 8 to 10 years
Cases produced:  354

Winemaker's Comments

“Mourvèdre is also known as Mataro or Monastrell and dozens of other synonyms and is believed to be native of Spain. The 2008 Gesture Mourvèdre is very dark with a bluish hue. Inviting aromas of tobacco and game open up to bing cherry once tasted. Wonderfully soft and voluminous on the palate, the crisp acidity activates the long finish.”

—Steve Peck, red winemaker

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Price: $30.00 750ml

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2008 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

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.

 


VINEYARDS
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.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA
Composition: 54% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre,
22% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah
 Harvest Dates: Grenache and Mourvèdre
harvested Oct. 18th, Syrah on Oct. 9th, 2008
Harvest process: Hand-harvested, berry sorted
on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest chemistries:  30° Brix average, pH
3.25 - 3.64, total acidity .59 g/100ml average
Vinification: 
Yeast:  GRE
Fermentation:  Open-top tanks with
punchdowns 1 to 3 times per day
Temperature: Cold soak 4 days prior to
inoculation
Maceration: 15 day fermentation prior to
pressing
Malolactic: 100% native
Maturation: 11 months in oak barrels
Barrel type: 2-year-old French oak barrels
Bottle aging: 4 months prior to release
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.51
Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.35% by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.
Cases produced: 491

Winemaker's Comments

“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.”

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Price: $30.00 750ml

THIS VINTAGE IS SOLD OUT. THE '09 WILL BE RELEASED IN JUNE OR JULY 2011

2009 J. Lohr Gesture Rosé

VINTAGE
2009 represented a return to normalcy after the exceedingly short crop of the previous vintage due to frosts and heat spikes. Rainfall for 2009 was about half of normal, but enough to fuel a successful vintage to full ripeness. Early ripening Rhone varieties, harvested before the mid-September heat wave, fared quite well. Later ripening varieties like Cabernet, were unaffected by the heat and matured in latter October on either side of a significant rain event on the 13th of the month.


VINEYARDS
PR19 is one of our newest vineyards located about 5 miles north of the Paso Robles winery. This vineyard has helped us strengthen our Rhone program and is the primary source of this enticing Grenache Rosé. The site sits near the northern boundary of the Paso Robles Appellation and supports our sustainably farmed vineyard as well as an active wildlife corridor.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles
Composition (Blend): 100% Grenache
Harvest Date: September 4th, 2009
Harvest Process: Hand Picked
Harvest chemistries: 24.1 Brix, .63 TA, 3.47 pH
   
Vinification  
Yeast: Bayanus using new taxonomy - AWRI 1503
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Temperature: 52 F
Maceration: 1 hour maceration after destemming
Malolactic:  55 gallons Stainless barrels   
Bottle Aging: Bottling Date: 3-4-2010
   
Bottling chemistries  
pH: 3.26
Total acidity: 0.79
Alcohol: 14.68% by vol
Residual sugar:
Dry
   
Cases produced: 336

Winemaker's Comments

Lovely, bright raspberry hues adorn this Grenache Rosé in the glass. Aromas of strawberry and Asian Pear dominate this wine in its youth. A hint of bubblegum lies in the background. Cranberry flavors are showcased with embracing fruit acidity and set the stage for a great aperitif. A year or two of cellaring should bring out a bit of orange blossom in the bottle bouquet. Enjoy through the summer as you would the great wines of Bandol, with oysters or coquilles St. Jacques.

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Price: $18.00 750ml

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2009 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier

TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Cedar Lane Vineyards
Appellation: Arroyo Seco
Varietal: 100 % Viognier
Harvest Date: 10/2/09
Harvest Process: Hand picked and whole cluster pressed
Harvest chemistries: pH 3.60, total acidity 0.51 g/100 ml, Brix 25.7
   
Vinification  
Yeast: R-HST
Fermentation: Barrel Fermentation
Maceration: None
Malolactic:  No
Maturation: 5 Months
Barrel type: 80% 5 year old French Oak barrels and 20% stainless steel barrels
Bottling Aging:
2 Months
   
Bottling chemistries  
pH: 3.40
Total acidity: 0.66
Alcohol: 15.2
Residual sugar:
0.29
Cases produced:
415

Winemaker's Comments

The 2009 Gesture Viognier is a bright pale straw color with aromas of apricot, peach and honeysuckle. It's crisp acidity, bright spicy fruit and mouth filing viscosity are hallmarks of the Arroyo Seco Appellation, with it's long cool growing season and rocky well drained soil. In order to highlight this wines pure varietal character, the 2009 Viognier was fermented in 5-year-old oak and stainless steel barrels with no malolactic fermentation. This wine is a perfect match with shellfish, exotic Indian and Caribbean dishes or simply enjoyed with nuts and cheeses.

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Price: $25.00 750ml

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