Cool weather returned in 2011, much like the previous season which had been the coolest vintage in a decade. The winter season provided above average rainfall to the region and created great optimism among Paso Robles winegrape growers, until a widespread frost event on April 8th levied a 30% crop penalty on most varieties. Syrah, being an early budbreak variety, was not immune to this frost damage and yields were less than 3 tons per acre overall. Cool summer weather and low crop levels favored bigger vine canopies and great color development, even in warmer sites. Only 15 days registered temperatures greater than 100°F during the 2011 season in Paso Robles. This was the lowest number of hot days since 1997. Our restrictive vineyard irrigation methods at J. Lohr helped to render ripe seeds and to shift aromatics from white pepper to blue fruit in the final wine, in spite of the overall cool season.
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a south-facing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.
|Origin:||Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA|
|Varietal Blend:||100% Syrah|
September 26th thru November 6th, 2011
|Brix at Harvest:||24.9° Brix, pH 3.57, total acidity 0.56g/100ml|
|Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters|
|Malolactic: 100% malolactic|
|Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels|
|Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 18% new|
|Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100 ml|
|Alcohol: 13.91% by volume|
|Residual Sugar:0.02 g/100 ml|
|Cellaring: Bright and fruit-driven at release; a softer and more complex palate will emerge over 5 years of aging.|
Varietal aromas of pomegranate, black tea and blueberry are lifted by barrel aging on the lees in a blend of American and French oak barrels. Restrained notes of vanilla and a lean tannin structure are evident in this bright, fruit-driven Syrah.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
Try with Ancho chile shrimp pasta, duck confit or rare sesame-crusted Ahi tuna.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Black tea and blueberry aromas with a lean tannin structure.
Price: $15.00 750ml