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 at this vineyard, which preserved the fruit aromatics and soft tannins.
Terra Bella Vineyard is located at 1,800 foot elevation within the Adelaida district of the Paso Robles AVA. Blocks 2 and 6 planted to Syrah clone 877 were the top performers for us and were used to create this wonderful wine. Terra Bella Vineyard has attracted a lot of attention from luxury winemakers since its development in 2001.
|Origin:||Terra Bella Vineyard|
|Brix at Harvest:||27.8° Brix average|
|Total Acidity:||0.69 g/100 ml|
|pH at Bottling:||3.49|
|Alcohol:||15.39% by volume|
|Residual Sugar:||0.21 g/100ml|
|Vinification:||After destemming, the berries were sorted on our VB Mistral system. Cold soaked fruit was fermented in half ton bins with a gentle punch-down regime. Malolactic fermentation in barrel.|
|Maturation:||15 months barrel aging in French oak (25% new).|
|Bottling Date:||March 17th, 2009; 233 cases produced.|
A truly top-tier Syrah is defined not just by dark fruit aroma and seductive oaky flavor, but also by an invitingly plush mouth feel. My earliest tasting notes taken during the debut vintage of 2007
J. Lohr Gesture Syrah identified this wine for its dense flavors and soft, voluminous palate. We nurtured the blend through aging with sequential movements from newer to older cooperage over time to limit and integrate oak components and to preserve freshness of fruit. My bet is that this wine will showcase its fruit best with 2 to 5 years of bottle age and will make an excellent accompaniment to braised veal shanks.