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2011 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

VINTAGE
When comparing California wine styles to those of other regions around the world, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines versus Old World wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where chaptalization (adding sugar to unfermented grape must to increase the alcohol content after fermentation) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe fruit. (Some would say overripe.) The 2011 vintage paralleled 2010 in Paso Robles where we saw the coolest daily temperatures in a decade in our vineyards. A spring frost reduced yields to just over 2 tons per acre. We achieved intensely ripe flavors at lower Brix levels than we’ve seen, but for Grenache, that means 27° as opposed to 29° Brix with crisp, turgid fruit. A cooler vintage aids in color development and preserves the delicate fruitiness of Grenache in the aroma and finish.


VINEYARDS
The vineyard source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is from a property once known as Gravity Hills. Located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles AVA, these decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in these blocks makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot after bloom, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. The Syrah component for this blend comes from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles AVA at an elevation of 1,800 feet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 60% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre
Harvest Dates: Grenache picked November 9th, 2011
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: 27.2° Brix, total acidity 0.87, pH 3.38
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Three day cold soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain in puncheons
  Maturation: 15 months in puncheons
  Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons from Francois Frères, 25% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.75% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.00 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but will age gracefully for 6 to 8 years
  Cases Produced: 411

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“The 2011 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a bright hue. A high-toned Grenache blend filled out with a generous amount of rich Syrah and just a touch of savory Mourvèdre. One year in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and adds palate structure to the wine. Racy with acidity, this wine will complement any Mediterranean menu.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with grilled meats or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence. Try with spicy crab cakes, vegetable stew or an arugula-topped pizza.

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2011 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

VINTAGE
2011 paralleled 2010 as the two coolest vintages Paso Robles has posted in a decade. With winter rainfall 50% above normal, we welcomed rapid spring shoot growth prior to flowering in mid- May. Syrah benefits in cooler years in Paso Robles, developing better color and exhibiting more white pepper characteristics. We experimented with a little more oak this vintage, 50% new French oak puncheons from the Demptos and Francois Frères cooperages, and let the wine stay on its yeast lees for a full year before racking and bottling.


VINEYARDS
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 has lime-shale soils and is planted to Syrah clone 877. Thinned to just one cluster per shoot, this block is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:

Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 99% Syrah, 1% Mourvèdre
Harvest Dates:  October 3, 2011
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half-ton bins, destemmed, and berry sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 28.1° Brix, total acidity 0.59 g/100ml, pH 3.61
Vinification:  
  Yeast: ICV D80 yeast
  Fermentation: Destemmed and fermented whole berry in open-top tank with light punchdowns
  Temperature: Cold-soaked 3 days at 55°F, fermented to 90°F peak temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 15 months in 500 liter puncheons
  Barrel Type: French oak puncheons, 50% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.49
  Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 15.45% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.00 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Richest fruit within 5 years; maturing tannins to 8 years bottle age
  Cases produced: 435

WINEWMAKER'S COMMENTS
“The 2011 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows intense color and leads with savory black fruit aromas. The persuasive oak signature reveals hazelnut, truffle and cardamom. Rich and complex fruit flavors are dense on the palate, with bright acid and nice depth.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A traditional entrecote (ribeye) steak or crispy duck on sautéed winter greens.

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2012 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s infl uence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall followed by moderate spring and warm summer temperatures. This vintage produced exceptionally dark colored Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal flavors. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Central Coast, CA
Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 5% Valdiguié, 4% Petit Verdot
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.75
  Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.55% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.32 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet is dark purple in the glass with a youthful red hue. The aroma is an attractive mix of ripe black cherry and raspberry, with a bouquet of vanilla and smoky cedar. Round, sweet and crisp on the palate, this Cabernet Sauvignon is serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who simply enjoys a good glass of red wine. This delicious wine pairs well with a range of casual dining options, from burgers, to ossobuco or pasta, and can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared three to five years.

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2011 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah

VINTAGE
The 2011 and 2010 vintages had a lot in common in the Paso Robles growing region. Both were considered “wet” vintages, with winter rainfall roughly 50% above normal. Both were “cool” vintages with growing degree day totals markedly lower than any vintage in a decade, and both benefitted from Indian Summer conditions that fully ripened fruit regardless of light rainfall in October. The defining difference for the two vintages was an April frost that reduced crop size by 30 to 60 percent in 2011. Fewer clusters with larger berries was the norm. This is not a bad combination for Petite Sirah, where smaller berries with their higher skin to juice ratio can result in overly tannic wines. We saw berry size 30 percent larger than historical norms in our Petite Sirah in 2011 and the resulting wines were soft and fruit driven. Summer temperatures exceeded 100°F only 15 days during the season, which was about half of normal. This helped to preserve acidity and color in the fruit, and helped to create a ripe blackberry flavor profile preferred in Paso Robles Petite Sirahs.


VINEYARDS
In the vineyards surrounding Tower Road, in the Estrella and San Miguel districts of Paso Robles, our Petite Sirah thrives on the well-drained yet heavier clay soils of the area. The rarity of autumn rains in Paso Robles allows this tightclustered variety to reach full maturity almost every year, without the risk of bunch-rot that exists in damper regions around the state. Our ripening program requires that we apply bird netting to the vines in August to assure that birds don’t overfeed on this especially flavorful grape before harvest. Despite intense summer sun and very warm daytime temperatures in Paso Robles, the gentle afternoon breezes that creep in from the Monterey Bay to the north and from the Templeton Gap to the west cool the area by as much as 50 degrees by early morning, preserving the acidity and bright fruit character of our Petite Sirah.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 97% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel
Harvest Dates: October 26th and 27th, 2011
Process: Hand-harvested into half-ton bins
Harvest Numbers: 27° Brix, total acidity 0.61 g/100ml, pH 3.75 
Vinification:

Destemmed and fermented in 10 ton open-top tanks. Cap management with light punchdowns
Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
Fermentation: Whole berries
Temperature: Moderate temperatures to reduce seed tannin extraction
Maceration: 4 day cold soak with 4 day fermentation and early pressing
Maloactic: 100% malolactic in barrels through December and January
Maturation: 16 months barrel age
Barrel Type: 225 liter French oak Burgundy export barrels, 60% new
Forests: Rive Droît and a blend of Five Forests
Coopers: Vallaurine and Marcel Cadet

Post-Maturation: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.76
Total Acidity: 0.66g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.65% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.16 g/100 ml 
Cases Produced: 6,500 six-packs)
Cellaring: This dense and delicious wine will open up early with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Inviting aromas of homemade olallieberry pie with a delicate “pastry-like” French oak barrel signature proceed the rich, soft fruit flavors. The finish is long with a touch of fine talc on the palate.”
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes such as rosemary lamb chops with roasted fennel.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of very cool years, which began two years earlier. As such, 2012 began with even colder winter--and earlier spring temperatures- -than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October, ensuring a healthy crop and decreased mildew pressure. The vintage appeared to be trending late until a short but substantial heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd ushered in the 2012 Chardonnay harvest. Heat events on October 17th and 18th pushed the remaining unpicked Chardonnay blocks to the finish line with the final load coming in November 2nd. With uniform ripening throughout the home ranch, we harvested nonstop to ensure each block was picked at its optimum ripeness. The frenetic pace was a challenge that tested vineyard and winery staff alike, but the results were well worth the sacrifice.

VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones allow a four foot rooting zone that keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance. Additionally, the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season and retain the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of the Chardonnay.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Appellation Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition (Blend) 99.5% Chardonnay, 0.5% other white
Harvest dates October 2nd to November 2nd, 2012
Brix at harvest 24.8°
Vinification  
   Malolactic 50% in barrel
   Maturation Aged 8 to 10 months in barrels from new to fourth fill.
Barrels were stirred every two weeks until pump-out
   Barrel type American, Hungarian and French oak
Bottling chemistries  
   pH 3.60
   Total acidity 0.66 g/100ml
   Alcohol 13.90% by volume
   Residual Sugar 0.50 g/100ml
   
Cellaring Drink now, or cellar up to 5 years

 


WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This elegant Chardonnay has bright hues of yellow straw. Rich aromas of pear, apple and lemon custard combine with notes of roasted hazelnut, vanilla and toasty oak. The flavors are very soft with ripe pear, apple and cream ending with a lingering toasty oak finish. Barrel fermentation with sur-lie aging adds layers of viscosity, depth and complex flavors that marry well with the Chardonnay’s natural acidity and bright fruit.
Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Halibut with lemon butter sauce, boudin blanc with mustard sauce, grilled vegetables, pumpkin curry or butterscotch pudding.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A full-bodied, balanced Chardonnay with flavors of pear, apple and cream, ending with a lingering toasty oak finish.

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2012 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay

PRODUCTION NOTES
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from Monterey Bay and down the Monterey appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating richly flavored Chardonnay fruit with grapefruit and other citrus flavors paired with peach and tropical flavors. Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright fruit flavors.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  100% Monterey Arroyo Seco
Composition:

95% Chardonnay, 11% Viognier,
2% Sauvignon Blanc

Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.6
  Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.5% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.69 g/100 ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay is a vibrant, straw color with aromas of ripe peach, pear, hazelnut and white flowers. It has lively stone fruit and pear flavors, with hints of vanilla and toasted oak. The balanced acidity, creamy palate texture, and bright fruit aromas and flavors make it an ideal accompaniment to creamy pasta dishes, seafood or roasted chicken.

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2011 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

VINTAGE
Cool weather prevailed in 2011, much like the 2010 season, which was the coolest in a decade. Low yielding secondary shoots grew to replace frost damaged primary shoots after a defining hard frost hit the area on April 8th. Winter rainfall had provided sufficient soil moisture for rapid springtime growth of the vines after the setback of the early frost. Fewer clusters with larger berries was the norm, pushing toward a softer tannin profile in the wines. We employed our standard practice of ceasing irrigation after fruitset in early June and waiting 8 weeks or more until vines began to run out of soil moisture before resuming irrigation in August. We saw seeds turn hard and brown, while flavor in the berries shifted from herbal to fruity as a result of this water stress exercise. The inclusion of 11% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot provides a hint of hibiscus and banana peel to the blend. This 2011 Los Osos Merlot reflects a union of these primary fruit and floral characters with crafted oak flavors from a full year of barrel aging at the winery.


VINEYARDS
Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and Arbuckle- Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these welldrained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


TECHNICAL DATA

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 84% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates:  September 27th - October 12th, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 24.8° Brix avg
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  Malolactic: 100%
  Maturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak
  Barrel type: American oak from Missouri forests, medium-plus toast with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.71
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.94% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.12 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Showing well upon release, with the potential to age up to five years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Savory fruit aromas of black plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of cocoa and cedar. Our winemaking style and use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves ripe, soft tannin on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
An excellent pairing for cheese tortellini or herb-roasted chicken.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Savory fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate integrated with a barrel signature of cocoa and cedar.

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier

VINTAGE
The 2012 vintage started out very much like 2010 and 2011, with below average spring and early summer temperatures and plenty of cloud cover. Fortunately the weather during flowering was favorable, leading to a uniform fruit-set with ideal yields. In early August, at the time of veraison, the weather began to warm up, diverging from the cold 2010 and 2011 vintages. From veraison to harvest we saw temperatures moving back to historical averages. This late season heat allowed for the full development of ripe flavors and perfect natural acidity.


VINEYARD
The grapes for the 2012 Gesture Viognier were sourced from J. Lohr’s Gean Vineyard. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is one of Jerry Lohr’s newest vineyards and is the western-most vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône area, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, make this vineyard ideal for Viognier. The warm days, with south and west exposures on this hillside vineyard, help to naturally develop ripe, lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for hang time, giving the wines power and depth.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal: 91% Viognier, 9% Roussanne
Harvest Date: September 13 - 20, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night and whole cluster pressed
Harvest chemistries: Brix 24.2°, pH 3.58, total acidity 0.63 g/100ml
   
Vinification  
  Yeast: VL1 and VL2
  Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
  Maceration: None
  Maturation: In French oak and stainless steel barrels for 7 months, with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2012 until March 2013.
   
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.20 g/100ml
  Cases Produced: 484
Cellaring Drink now through 2017

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Subtle aromas of lemon curd, tangerine peel and honeysuckle flow seamlessly into layers of citrus and stone fruit flavors. The rich palate is balanced by supple acidity and lingering minerality.”
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
The 2012 Gesture Viognier complements aromatic spices like coriander, ginger, cinnamon and allspice found in Carribean and Indian cuisine. Chèvre, Gouda, double and triple cream cheeses, and dried fruits and nuts are a natural fit.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of very cool years, which began in 2010. We were only 9 degree days warmer than 2011, with 2209 degree days versus 2200 for 2011. 2012 began with an even colder winter and earlier growing season temperatures than either 2010 or 2011. Fortunately, unlike ‘10 and ‘11, we saw favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set and dry weather from April through October, ensuring a uniform crop load and decreased mildew pressure despite the cool temperatures. The 2012 harvest appeared to be trending late until a short but substantial late September heat wave nudged the Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc over the finish line. The September heat pushed the flavor profile through the grassy and into the passion fruit, lemon grass and grapefruit profile, while maintaining a bright and refreshing acidity.


VINEYARDS
The grapes for the Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc are grown in the well-drained, sandy, cobblestone soils deposited by the Arroyo Seco River. These rugged soils keep yields in check and produce fruit with varietal intensity, minerality and exceptional weight. The long, cool growing season of the Arroyo Seco appellation ensures that the fleeting exotic fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are retained, along with vibrant natural acidity. The Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be an expression of pure varietal character, influenced only by its terroir, and gently guided by minimal farming and winemaking practices.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition Blend: 99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Viognier
Harvest Dates: Sep. 25 - Oct. 3, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 24.5° Brix average
Vinification:  
  Maturation: Aged 8 months in tank, wood barrels and stainless steel barrels
  Barrel type: New Acacia wood barrels
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.27
  Total Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.8% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.25 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now or within the next one to two years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Bright aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and boxwood highlight this bright, crisp but well structured Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Arroyo Seco appellation. By fermenting part of the blend in new Acacia wood barrels, a rich textural component was developed to play off of the varietal brightness achieved with stainless steel aging of the remaining portion.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Serve with fresh oysters, shrimp ceviche with lime, chilis and melon salsa or a spring green salad with Chèvre and citrus.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A bright, crisp and well-structured wine with flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and boxwood.

Price: $14.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

VINTAGE
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.


VINEYARDS
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.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 26th thru November 6th, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 24.9° Brix, pH 3.57, total acidity 0.56g/100ml
Vinification:  
  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
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.85
  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.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
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

FOOD PAIRINGS
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.

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