J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

2011 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre - 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 (some would say overripe) fruit. As it turns out, our 2011 paralleled the 2010 vintage where we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade on all our Paso Robles vineyards. We achieved ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen in the past with restrained alcohol levels, reminiscent of the Old World. This 2011 Mourvèdre is a distinct shift in style from previous vintages, exhibiting delicate camphor, anise and lilac attributes.


VINEYARD
Fruit for our 2011 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard, 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 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 29th. The fruit signature of the blend was lifted and the finish lengthened by blending in Grenache from the same vineyard.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 9th, 2011
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: 25° Brix, total acidity 0.64 g/100ml, pH 3.51
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: 10 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: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.08% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.07 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but will age gracefully for 8 to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 330

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Mourvèdre is also known as Mataró or Monastrell, among dozens of other synonyms, and is believed to be native to Spain. The 2011 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Savory aromas of lilac, anise and beeswax open up to black plum. The round talcy texture on the palate remains crisp with a touch of acidity followed by cardamom spice on the finish.”
-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.

Price: $30.00 750ml

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2010 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) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe (some would say overripe) fruit. In the 2010 vintage we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade in all our Paso Robles vineyards. We achieved ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen in the past with quite restrained alcohol levels. This 2010 Mourvèdre is a distinct shift in style from previous vintages, exhibiting delicate camphor, anise and lilac attributes.


VINEYARD
Fruit for our 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard, 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 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 29th. The fruit signature of the blend was lifted and the finish lengthened by blending in Grenache from the same vineyard.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 77% Mourvèdre, 23% Grenache
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:  
  Yeast: Lallemand ICV-D80
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters with light punch downs
  Temperature: Three-day cold soak followed by a hot 92°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 7 days on skins, pressed nearly dry
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 16 months in puncheons
  Barrel Type: 500 liter French oak puncheons, 45% new
  Bottle Aging: Bottled March 23, 2010
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.48
  Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.09% by volume
  Res. Sugar: Dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be
cellared for 8 to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 356

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 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Savory aromas of lilac, anise and black pepper open up to black plum. The soft, talcy texture on the palate remains crisp with a touch of acidity followed by cardamom spice on the finish.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Food Pairings
This wine is excellent with all the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast, prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh figs and brie cheese.

 

Price: $30.00 750ml

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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: 

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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2007 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

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 in this vineyard, which allowed slow, even flavor and color development in this late ripening Rhône variety native to Spain.


VINEYARDS

The Mourvèdre for this wine was grown in 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 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 to intensify flavor and color. We 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.

We used 15% Syrah clone 877 from block 1 of Terra Bella Vineyard to round out this varietal blend. Located at 1800 feet elevation within the warmer Adelaida district of the Paso Robles AVA, this fruit was picked on October 11th. Terra Bella Vineyard has quickly attracted the attention of Rhône-style winemakers since its development in 2001.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Gravity Hills and Terra Bella Vineyards
Varietal: 85% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
Brix at Harvest: 28° Brix average
Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.50
Alcohol: 15.96% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.15 g/100ml
Vinification: After de-stemming, the berries were sorted on our VB Mistral system. Cold soaked fruit was fermented in open top tanks with a gentle punch-down regime. After fermenting to dryness in tank, this wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Maturation: 15 months barrel aging in one and two-year-old French oak.
Bottling Date: March 17th, 2009; 392 cases produced.

Winemaker's Comments

Mourvèdre is generally utilized as a blending variety to contribute “bass notes” to Rhône-style wine blends. Bottled as a standalone varietal, Mourvèdre can often deliver gamey, tannic wines with earthy overtones… not the case here in our debut 2007 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre. Immediately after pressing, this wine offered such nice black fruit aromatics of berry and cherry and wonderfully voluminous, yet velvety mid-palate weight that we decided to release it as a varietal offering to complement pan-seared pepper steak with mushrooms.

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