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.
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.
|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
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 25.8°, pH 3.40,
total acidity 0.82 g/100ml
|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|
|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|
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
A perfect match for grilled skirt steak and rich cheeses.