J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel

2011 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel

VINTAGE
Zinfandel holds its place as the heritage grape among winemakers in Paso Robles, where Paderewski and others established the earliest plantings a century ago. This 2011 Willow Creek gem from the J. Lohr Gesture lineup gets its brightest red fruit notes from a steep, south-facing block planted on lime shale, picked just prior to a 2” rainshower that arrived the first week of October. The dark, dried fruit and floral characters from a neighboring site long-owned by the Guibinni family were picked a week later, after warm weather pushed the fruit to full maturity. Both the 2011 and 2010 vintages will go down in the records as the two coolest vintages in a decade. Even in a warm year, this Zinfandel struggles to mature prior to autumn rains. It is the acidity, and not sugar development, that defines ripeness in this arena. Our picking was predicated on a drop in acidity coinciding with a burst in flavor long after the sugar maturity had been achieved. The 2011 Gesture Zinfandel has brambly and floral aromatics with raspberry fruit on the palate and a freshness that complements rich cuisine.


VINEYARD
J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is grown on two vineyard sites in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. Zinfandel grown at this location can sometimes be difficult to ripen before the onset of October rain and frosts in this coastal belt, where Spanish moss grows abundantly in the surrounding oak forests. Besides the cool climate, this terroir is greatly defined by the Gazos Shaly Loam soil which is hardly soil at all--looking more like a solid rock formation at times. Thinning in the vineyard is key to this program, both at veraison and prior to harvest. This allows us to select the best maturing bunches to give the wine optimal flavor balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah
Harvest Date: October 3 and Oct 12, 2011
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, 15% Saignée
Harvest Chemistries: 25.8° Brix, total acidity .83 g/100ml, pH 3.25
Vinification  
  Yeast: Maurivin B (a specialty yeast that metabolizes much of the malic acid in the juice)
  Fermentation: Stainless steel
  Temperature: 3 day cold soak ramped up to 92°F peak fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic complete
  Maturation: 9 months, 35% new French oak
  Barrel Type: 1st and 2nd fill French oak barrels
  Forests: Center of France  
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.56
  Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.92% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.050 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Great fruit in first three years, but can be cellared for 8 to 10 years.
  Cases Produced: 750 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This floral 2011 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is reflective of the cool vintage and the terroir of Willow Creek district of Paso Robles. Brambly raspberry, dried fruit and floral aromas reflect the different character of two nearby growing sites. Bright acidity is lively on the palate and a great companion for grilled skirt steak and rich cheeses.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Delicious with grilled skirt steak or rich cheeses.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2010 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel - Sold Out

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest vintage Paso Robles has seen in a decade, with winter rainfall totalling 50% above normal. This growing season started with exceptional soil moisture and a full leaf canopy was developed by bloom in mid-May. Zinfandel is a heritage grape of California with no more dedicated devotees anywhere else than in Paso Robles. These head-pruned vines prove themselves in the steep calcareous hills of the Willow Creek district, evolving the unique pepper spice and brambly character that is uniquely zinfandel. The high-toned 2010 vintage was rounded out with the inclusion of a single barrel of syrah.


VINEYARD
J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is grown on two vineyard sites in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. Zinfandel grown at this location can sometimes be difficult to ripen before the onset of October rain and frosts in this coastal belt, where Spanish moss grows abundantly in the surrounding oak forests. In addition to the cool climate, this terroir is greatly defined by the Gazos Shaly Loam soil which is hardly soil at all--looking more like a solid rock formation at times. Thinning in the vineyard is key to this program, both at veraison and prior to harvest, which allows us to select the best maturing bunches, giving the wine optimal flavor balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Syrah
Harvest Date: October 4 - 10, 2010
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested into half-ton
bins
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 25.8°, pH 3.40,
total acidity 0.82 g/100ml
Vinification  
  Yeast: Uvaferm 43
  Fermentation: Stainless steel
  Temperature: Peak fermentation to 92°F
  Maceration: Short, hot maceration with pressing after just 4 days on skins
  Malolactic: 100% complete
  Maturation: 9 months in barrel
  Barrel Type: 1st and 2nd fill French oak barrels, 35% new
  Forests: Center of France  
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.62
  Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.96% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.001 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious in the first three years, but can be cellared for 8 to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 1,097

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This high-toned Gesture Zinfandel is reflective of the cool 2010 vintage and the terroir of Willow Creek district of Paso Robles. Brambly raspberry and red plum aromas are nuanced with a medium-toast French oak barrel bouquet. Bright acidity makes this wine lively on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A perfect match for grilled skirt steak and rich cheeses.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2009 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel

VINEYARDS
J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is grown on two vineyard sites in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. Zinfandel grown at this location can sometimes be difficult to ripen before the onset of October rain and frosts in this coastal belt, where Spanish moss grows abundantly in the surrounding oak forests. Besides the cool climate, this terroir is greatly defined by the Gazos Shaly Loam soil which is hardly soil at all--looking more like a solid rock formation at times. Thinning in the vineyard is key to this program, both at veraison and prior to harvest. This allows us to select the best maturing bunches to give the wine optimal flavor balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 94% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah,
3% Grenache
Harvest Date: October 8 - 12, 2009
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested into halfton
bins
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 27°, pH 3.42,
total acidity 0.57 g/100ml
Vinification  
  Yeast: Uvaferm 43
  Fermentation: 5 and 10 ton open-top
fermenters with gentle punchdowns
  Temperature: Peak at 95°F
  Maceration: 2 to 3-day cold soak followed by
a 7 day punchdown fermentation
  Malolactic: 100% ML with alcohol tolerant
CH-16 strain
  Maturation: 8 months in barrel
  Barrel Type: 1 and 2-year-old French oak
barrels
  Forests: various
  Coopers: various
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.54
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 15.29% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.23 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but can be cellared for 5 to 8 years
  Cases Produced: 1,809

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
I really enjoy the effusive, brambly character of this wine. The 2009 Gesture Zin is loaded with black plum, raspberry and tobacco notes, held together with a firm palate structure and natural acidity that make it great for pairing with food.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Vegetarian lasagna or salmon with artichokes. Chocolate always works… always!

Price: $25.00 750ml

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