2010 was the coolest vintage Paso Robles has seen in a decade, with winter rainfall totaling 50% above normal. This growing season started with exceptional soil moisture, and a full leaf canopy was developed by bloom in mid-May. Syrah benefits in cooler years in Paso Robles, developing better color and exhibiting more White pepper characteristic. The density of this Syrah in 2010 was so great that we included of a bit of Grenache to relax the palate.
The grapes for our 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 is planted to Syrah clone 877, farmed to just one cluster per shoot, and prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.
|Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County|
|Composition:||83% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 1% Mourvèdre|
|Harvest Dates:||October 8th and 14th, 2010|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested to half-ton bins, destemmed, and berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system|
|Harvest Chemistries:||26.2° Brix, 3.49 pH, 0.59 g/100ml total acidity|
|Yeast: ICV D80 yeast|
|Fermentation: Fermented in open-top tank with light punch downs|
|Temperature: Cold-soaked 3 days at 55°F, fermented to 90°F peak temperature|
|Maceration: 8 days on skins|
|Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos|
|Maturation: 16 months in puncheons|
|Barrel Type: 500L French oak puncheons, 36% new|
|Bottle Aging: Bottled March 23, 2012|
|Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 15.4 % by volume|
|Res. Sugar: Dry|
|Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 5 to 8 years.|
|Cases produced: 440|
“The 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows great density of color and leads with spicy black fruit aromas. The delicate oak signature reveals white chocolate and a touch of hazelnut. Ripe fruit flavors are dense on the palate, with bright acid and lingering minerality.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
Mussels with saffron crème or classic duck confit.