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2013 Cypress Vineyards Merlot

PRODUCTION NOTES
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grapes’ natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Merlot, the 2013 vintage followed a dry winter with rainfall totals less than half of normal. Warm spring temperatures fostered early vine growth and flowering. Red varieties showed excellent color development due in part to veraison temperatures roughly 10 degrees cooler than normal as the berries softened and developed skin color in late July and early August. Our passionate commitment to Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the great cherry and currant fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Central Coast, California
Composition: 79% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 5% Malbec and other red varieties
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.74
  Total Acidity: 0.52 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.7% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.3 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The deeply colored 2013 vintage of Cypress Vineyards Merlot offers varietal aromas of black currant and ripe plum, complemented by a bouquet of toasty oak. Structure and fruit signature are enhanced by inclusion of the red blending varieties. The wonderfully comfortable palate weight finishes with ripe, soft tannin. This delicious wine pairs with grilled portabello kabobs or barbecued short ribs. Enjoy in its youth, or cellar up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. The 2012 season was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms for its warmth. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening, limit berry size and soften the tannins in our Petite Sirah. A period of triple digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid- August toward the end of veraison. This intensified the tannin structure and wine density for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed the grapes to full ripeness the first week of October, when we harvested our two best blocks a couple of days prior to a light rain in order to maintain a maximum concentration of fruit flavors in this excellent vintage of Tower Road Petite Sirah.


VINEYARDS
In the vineyards surrounding Tower Road, in the Estrella and San Miguel districts of Paso Robles, our Petite Sirah thrives on the well-drained yet heavier clay soils of the area. The rarity of autumn rains in Paso Robles allows this tight-clustered variety to reach full maturity almost every year, without the risk of bunch-rot that exists in damper regions around the state. Our ripening program requires that we apply bird netting to the vines in August to assure that birds don’t overfeed on this especially flavorful grape before harvest. Despite intense summer sun and very warm daytime temperatures in Paso Robles, the gentle afternoon breezes that creep in from the Monterey Bay to the north and from the Templeton Gap to the west cool the area by as much as fifty degrees by early morning, preserving the acidity and bright fruit character of our Petite Sirah.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates: October 5th, 6th & 8th, 2012
Process: Hand harvested into half-ton bins
Harvest Numbers: Brix 26.5°, total acidity 0.49 g/100ml, pH 3.73
Vinification:

Destemmed and fermented in 10 ton open top tanks. Cap management with light punchdowns
Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
Fermentation: Whole berries
Temperature: Moderate temperatures to reduce seed tannin extraction
Maceration: 2-day cold soak with a short, 3-day fermentation and early pressing
Maloactic: 100% malolactic in barrels through December and January
Maturation: 16 months barrel age
Barrel Type: 225 liter French oak Burgundy export barrels, 60% new
Forests: Rive Droit and a blend of Five Forests
Coopers: Vallaurine and Marcel Cadet

Post-Maturation: Released 2 months after bottling
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.69
Total Acidity: 0.60g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.22% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.26 g/100 ml 
Cases Produced: 8,052 six-bottle cases
Cellaring: This dense and delicious wine will open up early with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Youthful and dark in the glass, the 2012 Tower Road Petite Sirah shows inviting aromas of homemade ollalieberry pie and a delicate “pastry-like” French oak barrel signature. The rich fruit flavors finish with an enormously dense berry character.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes such as rosemary lamb chops with roasted fennel.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

VINTAGE
2012 marked the return to more typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coolest vintages in a decade. Rainfall was on the shy side at 7 inches for the winter totaling less than 60% of normal. A nice wet storm arrived during budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth. Our typically warm springtime conditions delivered rapid shoot growth which fully filled out the VSP canopy in this block. An unusual period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed the fruit to full ripeness with this block picking on September 13th. The 2012 vintage of Gesture Syrah developed complex, spicy notes and soft tannins as it aged on its own yeast lees for 16 months in French oak barrels prior to bottling in March of 2014.


VINEYARDS
The grapes for this J. Lohr Gesture Syrah are grown at Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the Adelaida subdistrict of the Paso Robles AVA at an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. The super steep south-facing Block 6 has lime-shale soils and is planted to Syrah clone 877. Thinned to just one cluster per shoot, this block is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:

Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 100% Syrah
Harvest Dates: September 3, 2012
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half-ton bins, destemmed and berry sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 28.2° Brix, total acidity 0.67 g/100ml, pH 3.54
Vinification:  
  Yeast: ICV D80 yeast
  Fermentation: Destemmed and fermented whole berry in open-top tank with light punchdowns
  Temperature: Cold-soaked 5 days at 55°F, fermented to 90°F peak temperature
  Maceration: 12 days on skins
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 16 months in 228 liter barrels
  Barrel Type: French oak puncheons, 50% new
Forests: France
Coopers: Meyrieux and Vallaurine
  Bottle Aging: Released 3 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.36
  Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.05 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Richest fruit within 5 years; maturing tannins to 8 years of bottle age
  Cases produced: 268 cases

WINEWMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows intense color and leads with bright red fruit aromas. The delicate oak signature suggests tiramisu and white truffle while round fruit flavors of lingonberry and blood orange fill the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A traditional entrecôte (ribeye) steak or crispy duck on sautéed winter greens.

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

VINTAGE
2012 marked the return to more typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coolest vintages in a decade. Rainfall was on the shy side at 7 inches for the winter, totaling less than 60% of normal. A nice wet storm arrived during budbreak on the first week of April, bringing welcome moisture for early season growth. Our typically warm springtime conditions delivered rapid shoot elongation which fully filled out the VSP canopy in this block. An unusual period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather accelerated ripening with this Grenache block, which was harvested on October 19th. The goal of the Gesture GSM blend is to highlight the uniquely bright fruit quality of Grenache and supporting it with structure and spice from Mourvèdre and Syrah components in the blend.


VINEYARDS
The vineyard source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is from a property once known as Gravity Hills. Located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles appellation, these decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in these blocks makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot after bloom, 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 comes from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles appellation at an elevation of 1,800 feet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 87% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 3% Syrah
Harvest Dates: Grenache picked October 19th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: 26.7° Brix, total acidity 0.52 g/100ml, pH 3.38
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Four day cold-soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 10 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain in puncheons
  Maturation: 16 months in puncheons
  Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons from Francois Frères, 25% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.45
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.35% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.00 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but will age gracefully for 5 to 7 years
  Cases Produced: 719 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a particularly bright hue. High-toned Grenache fruit is structured and spiced with a bit of Mourvèdre and a touch of soft Syrah. A year in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and adds palate weight. The racy acidity of this wine will complement any Mediterranean menu.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with grilled meats or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence. Try with spicy crab cakes, vegetable stew or an arugula-topped pizza.

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2013 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm, dry weather from April to October, this vintage was the second warmest in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening, which allowed for the hangtime needed to achieve ripe Riesling flavors.


VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling are grown in well-drained Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco River. The winds of the Salinas Valley extended the growing season, and the fruit retains its natural grape acids. Our primary goal with this varietal is to evoke the purest manifestation of fruit from the vineyard, enhanced by a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel to showcase the grape’s character.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 94% White Riesling,
6% Gewurztraminer
Harvest Date: October 25th and 26th, 2013
Brix at Harvest: 23.9° Brix average
Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.08
Alcohol: 13.05% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.00 g/100 ml
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel tanks post-fermentation

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2013 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a youthful, pale straw yellow color and perfumed with aromas of apricot, tangerine peel, apple and sweet lavender. Fresh green apple, stone fruit and citrus flavors come into balance with crisp, cool climate acidity and a touch of natural sugars, finishing with a refreshing tingle of residual carbonation.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Enjoy this wine as an aperitif, or pair with mahi-mahi tacos, spicy sushi, Caribbean jerk chicken or pumpkin curry.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of apple, apricot and lavender. Refreshing acidity with a slight spritz.

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

VINTAGE
When comparing California wine styles to those of other regions around the world, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines versus Old World wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where chaptalization (adding sugar to unfermented grape must to increase the alcohol content after fermentation) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe (some would say overripe) fruit for winemaking. The 2012 vintage marked the return to typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coldest vintages in a decade. A particularly hot few weeks in August were followed by ideal conditions in September and October, which matured these late- ripening cultivars to perfection. The 2012 vintage is showing softer acidity and smoother tannin structure than most previous vintages.


VINEYARD
Fruit for our 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard, located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles appellation. These decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in this block makes simply walking this 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 17th. The finish was lengthened by blending in a bit of Syrah from the same vineyard.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 98% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 17th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: 25° Brix, total acidity 0.44 g/100ml, pH 3.62
Vinification:  
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters with light punchdowns
  Temperature: Two-day cold soak followed by a hot 92°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 8 days on skins, pressed nearly dry
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 16 months in puncheon on primary lees
  Barrel Type: 500 liter Demptos and Francois Frères French oak puncheons, 70% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.46
  Total Acidity: 0.59 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.09 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but will certainly benefit from aging up to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 289 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Brushy aromas of tobacco and beeswax open up to black plum. Soft acidity and a talcy texture on the palate are followed by a cardamom spice.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

Food Pairings
This wine is excellent with many of the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast or pan-seared foie gras. Try with prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh fig and brie cheese.

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2012 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 had been preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was a welcomed proposition for vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak in the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and push the classic Merlot red fruit charactistics. A period of triple digit hot temperatures gave definition to the vintage in mid-August, toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure to the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry conditions ushered in the 2012 Los Osos Merlot crop in a tight, 10-day harvesting window at the end of September in the 25-26° brix range.


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.


TECHNICAL DATA

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 87% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates:  September 20th - October 2nd, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 25.6° Brix avg
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  Malolactic: 100%
  Maturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak
  Barrel type: American oak from Missouri forests, medium-plus toast with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.7
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.93% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.19 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Showing well upon release, with the potential to age up to five years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Red fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of dark chocolate and baking spice. Whole berry fermentation with a generous use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves ripe, soft tannins on the palate.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
An excellent pairing for cheese tortellini or herb-roasted chicken.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Blended with Malbec, this Merlot shows plum and pomegranate highlights integrated with a dark chocolate barrel signature.

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J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening, which allowed for as much hang time as needed to achieve big ripe flavors.


VINEYARDS
Pinot Blanc was one of the 11 original varieties planted by Jerry Lohr in our estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Although we later found our Pinot Blanc was in fact Melon de Bourgogne, we always had a fondness for the varietal, as it made great wines from the very first vintages, and the 1975 was one of the first white wines produced by J. Lohr. Those early vines were in decline by the late 1990s and were removed after the harvest of 1999. However, our desire to revisit this variety never faded, and in 2009 we planted a small 6.45 acre vineyard of true Pinot Blanc, Clone 7 on SO4 rootstock, with our neighbor and joint venture partner, Michael Griva, near his 19th century family barn.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA
Composition (Blend): 100% Pinot Blanc
Harvest Dates: September 29, 2013
Harvest Chemistries: 25.5° Brix average, 3.49 pH, 0.96 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: CY3079
  Fermentation: In barrel for an averate of 17 days
  Maturation: In neutral French oak and and new acacia barrels for 6 months with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2013 until March 2014.
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.53
  Total acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.30 g/100ml
Cellaring: Delicious now through 2018
Cases Produced: 1,954 six-bottle cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
To celebrate J. Lohr’s 40th anniversary, we offer a special bottling of 2013 Pinot Blanc. This wine, made in homage to our inaugural 1975 Pinot Blanc, shows vibrant yellow hues with aromas of peach, melon, honey and lemon blossom. Crisp acidity balances a creamy rich palate, with lingering flavors of apricot, citrus and melon.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with grilled soft shelled crabs and apple-fennel salad, quiches, grilled swordfish with basil-caper butter and soft cheeses.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Ripe fruit aromas of peach, melon and citrus flowers, with barrel-fermented sur-lie richness. Very fruity, complex
and rich.

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J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Red Wine

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice, wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and to prevent development of unwelcome herbaceous characteristics in Bordeaux varieties. A period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. This seems to have imparted a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed vines to full ripeness with harvesting for Cabernet and Petite Sirah in early October.


VINEYARDS
J. Lohr’s 40th Anniversary Red Wine is a mélange of four varietals from different vineyards in the Paso Robles appellation that come together as a dense, bold blend that recalls J. Lohr’s very first wine produced—a 1974 Petite Sirah. Coming from vineyards surrounding the Paso Robles Wine Center, as well as our vineyards to the north near San Miguel and our vineyards to the south near Creston, we have combined our most popular varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, with the density of Petite Sirah that thrives so well in the warm, dry climate of Paso Robles. For fruit and dimension, we have added Merlot and Malbec, which provide the finishing touches to this celebratory blend. Enjoy!


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition (Blend): 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot, 3% Malbec
Harvest Dates: September 24th - November 1st, 2012
Harvest Chemistries: 25.6° Brix average, 3.69 pH, 0.45 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
  Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation
in open-top and automated pump-over tanks
  Temperature: Peak temperature of 80°F
  Maceration: 6 day fermentation
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 14 months in barrels
  Barrel type: 40% new French oak barrels
  Forests: Center of France
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Post Maturation: Racked from barrels and lightly fined with isinglass and gelatin
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.73
  Total acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.66% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.26 g/100ml
Cellaring: This dense wine opens up nicely with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.
Cases Produced: 4,108 six-bottle cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This deep colored blend lays nearly opaque in the glass with just a youthful ring of magenta to brighten its edges. The French oak bouquet of roasted hazelnut blends with savory blackberry reflecting the confluence of the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character. This rich and voluminous wine leaves black fruit and a touch of fine talc on the palate.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes. Try with rosemary lamb chops and roasted fennel.

Price: $40.00 750ml

2012 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique path of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening. An unusual period of triple digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid August toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed us to full ripeness with the earliest picking occurring on September 19th. The 2012 vintage of Southridge Syrah developed complex spicy notes and soft tannins as it aged on yeast lees for over a year in barrel prior to bottling.


VINEYARDS
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a south-facing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 19th to October 30th, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 26.1° Brix, pH 3.57, total acidity 0.51g/100ml
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic 
  Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels
  Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 20% new
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.70
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.92% by volume 
  Residual Sugar: 0.16 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Bright and fruit driven at release; a softer and more complex palate will emerge over 5 years of aging.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Varietal aromas of black tea and blueberry are lifted by barrel aging on the lees in a blend of American and French oak barrels. Smoky notes and vanilla are evident in this lean structured and spicy vintage of Syrah.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A simple roasted duck with potatoes or rare sesame-crusted Ahi tuna. For casual fair, try a classic BLT.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Black tea and blueberry aromas with a spicy finish.

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