2008 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

Following a relatively dry winter, the 2008 growing season began with an early bud break in mid March. A troublesome arctic cold front in April brought frost damage to not only winegrapes, but blueberry fields and cherry orchards from British Columbia to Southern California. Typical summer heat accumulation came sporadically and brix levels rose while the fruit retained its natural acidity. The quality of the 2008 vintage is apparent in the wine’s density and strong regional expression of fresh fruit character.


The majority of the fruit for this wine is from Terra Bella Vineyard. Located at 1,800 foot elevation within the Adelaida district of the Paso Robles AVA, the steep south-facing Block 6 is planted to Syrah clone 877 and is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.



Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 100% Syrah
Harvest Dates:  September 12, 2008
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested, held grapes
3 days prior to destemming and berry sorting on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest chemistries: 28.1° Brix, pH 3.1, total acidity .96 g/100ml
Yeast: VR5
Fermentation:  Open-top tank with 1 to 3
punchdowns per day
Temperature:  90° F maximum
Maceration:  7 days on skins
Malolactic:  100% malolactic in neutral barrels
Maturation: 13 months in new 500 liter puncheons, 4 months in neutral oak
Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons
Forests: Center of France
Coopers: François Frères and Demptos,
medium+ and heavy toast
Bottle aging: 4 months prior to release
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.49
Total Acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.95 % by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 6 to 8 years.
Cases produced: 514

Winemaker's Comments
“This truly rare offering of 2008 Gesture Syrah from J. Lohr
showcases plummy aromas of violet, and tilled earth. Nurtured in French oak puncheons, a subtle bouquet of dark chocolate and roasted hazelnut compliments the fresh fruit signature. Alive with the natural acidity inherent to this high altitude vineyard, this wine is quite food friendly and will pair well with your favorite roasted duck recipe. Certain to age gracefully for 6 to 8 years.”
—Steve Peck, red winemaker