J. Lohr Gesture GSM

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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Butter Scotch Crème Brûlee

Recipe from Chef Monique Pizano of Justin’s Appetite for Expression

5 servings
Bake Time: 30-40 min
Total time: 2 ½ hours

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup turbonado sugar (or 2 tablespoons white sugar + 2 tablespoons brown sugar combined)
Directions:
 
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Beat egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Pour cream into a saucepan and stir over low heat until it almost comes to boil. Remove the cream from heat immediately. Stir in ¼ cup of butter scotch chips until combined.
  4. Stir in butter scotch mixture into the egg yolk mixture; beat until combined.
  5. Pour into the top of a double boiler. Stir over simmering water until mixture lightly coats the back of a spoon; approximately 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat immediately and pour into a shallow heat-proof dish.
  6. Place dishes in pan with a ¼ inch water bath.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until just the top surface is set. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to broil. (unless using a torch; recommended for best results)
  9. Sprinkle turbonado sugar evenly (or the combined 2 tablespoons white sugar and brown sugar) over the custard. Place dish under broiler until sugar is caramelized (golden brown), about 2 minutes. Watch carefully, can burn quickly. (if using torch evenly until sugar is caramelized) Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Serve this Butterscotch Crème Brûlee with the J. Lohr Gesture GSM, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

 
 

 

2011 J. Lohr Gesture GSM - Sold Out

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 fruit. (Some would say overripe.) The 2011 vintage paralleled 2010 in Paso Robles where we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade in our vineyards. A spring frost reduced yields to just over 2 tons per acre. We achieved intensely ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen, but for Grenache, that means 27° as opposed to 29° Brix with crisp, turgid fruit. A cooler vintage aids in color development and preserves the delicate fruitiness of Grenache in the aroma and finish.


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 AVA, 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 AVA at an elevation of 1,800 feet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 60% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre
Harvest Dates: Grenache picked November 9th, 2011
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: 27.2° Brix, total acidity 0.87, pH 3.38
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Three day cold soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain in puncheons
  Maturation: 15 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: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.75% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.00 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but will age gracefully for 6 to 8 years
  Cases Produced: 411

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“The 2011 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a bright hue. A high-toned Grenache blend filled out with a generous amount of rich Syrah and just a touch of savory Mourvèdre. One year in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and adds palate structure to the wine. Racy with acidity, 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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2010 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

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) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe fruit. (Some would say over-ripe.) In the 2010 vintage we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade in all our Paso Robles vineyards. We achieved intensely ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen in the past. Grenache in particular benefits from cooler seasonal temperatures, as this aids in color development and preserves the delicate fruitiness in the aroma and finish.


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: 75% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre
Harvest Dates: Grenache picked October 29th, 2010
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: 26.4° Brix, 3.47 pH, 0.55 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Lallemand ICV-”RC212”
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Three day cold soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain
  Maturation: 14 months in puncheons
  Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons, 40% new
  Bottle Aging: Bottled March 23rd, 2012
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.35
  Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.88% by volume
  Res. Sugar: Dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.
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WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“The 2010 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a bright hue. The high-toned red fruit character of Grenache is spiced by a fraction of Syrah, while Mourvèdre provides a slight savory element. Aging in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and a palate structure to the wine. The long-lasting, plummy flavors are refreshing, whetting the appetite for healthy cuisine.”
-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 vegetarian pizza.

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

2007 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

The 2007 vintage was largely defined by a shortage of winter rainfall which was just 40% of normal. This resulted in intense fruit with 10-20% lower yields than 2005 and 2006 in general. Seasonal summer heat spikes occurred earlier than normal, before the fruit had softened at veraison. The daily maximum temperature exceeded 100 degrees only three times between veraison and harvest at these sites, which helped to maintain the freshness of fruit and soft mouthfeel which is the signature of this debut Rhône blend inspired by our friends in the south of France.


VINEYARDS
The source of the Grenache and Mourvèdre components of this blend is the Gravity Hills 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, limeshale 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. These large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set to intensify flavor. Both varieties were hand harvested into half-ton bins on October 31st. Weather was ideal for bringing about full ripeness in 2007, and the final picking decision was predicated on a moderation of fruit acidity just before picking.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Gravity Hills and Terra Bella Vineyards
Varietal: 50% Grenache, 38% Syrah, and 12% Mourvèdre
Brix at Harvest: 28° Brix average
Total Acidity: 0.71 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.42
Alcohol: 15.88% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.22 g/100ml
Vinification: After destemming, the berries were sorted on our VB Mistral system. Cold soaked fruit was fermented in open top tanks with a gentle punch-down regime. One third of Grenache was fermented in new Francois Frères barrels with heads removed. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel.
Maturation: 15 months barrel aging in one and two-year-old French oak.
Bottling Date: March 17th, 2009; 609 cases produced.

Winemaker's Comments

We are pleased with how the farming, winemaking and aging came successfully together to preserve and showcase the fresh, wild berry fragrance of the Grenache fruit in the debut release of 2007 J. Lohr Gesture GSM. The Syrah component has brought body, depth and dark berry fruit notes to the mid-palate, while Mourvèdre has provided volume and black pepper spice to the finish. With proper storage, the fruit character will likely peak after two or three winters in the cellar, and the phenolic structure will continue to evolve and soften over the next decade.     Enjoy this Rhône red blend with braised or roasted duck.

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