The 2008 growing season presented signicant challenges to California winegrowers. Spring and autumn frosts--coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation--claimed much of the prized crop. Yields were at half of normal levels in the Paso Robles AVA, depending on variety, microclimate and cultural practices. This was the second consecutive vintage of drought, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size. Our Rhône varieties were fully ripened before the impact of fall frosts. Complete flavor development and seed maturity allowed for extended maceration in the fermenters. This wine shows density and a lovely expression of blueberry aromas and the complex varietal flavors of Syrah.
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of predominantly sandy and gravelly soils, to reign in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a southfacing 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 is eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.
||Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
||93% Syrah, 3% Petite Sirah, 3% Grenache, 1% other reds
|Brix at Harvest:
||0.63 g/100 ml
|pH at Bottling:
||13.45% by volume
||Stainless steel fermented
Malolactic fermentation in barrel
||14 months barrel aging in French and American oak, 25% new
||September 2 through October 18, 2008
Dark crimson with a vibrant hue. Rich, ripe aromas of blueberry and black tea are framed with a bouquet of chestnut, and bolstered by flavors of blackberry and boysenberry. Medium body and a firm tannin structure. The finish is soft with just enough fruit acidity to activate the palate for pairings.
Steve Peck, red winemaker
Price: $15.00 750ml