The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles was warmer and drier than average, followed by a heavy rainfall event in mid-October that attenuated ripening of late-maturing varietals. This vintage followed the third consecutive year of below-normal winter rainfall in the Paso Robles AVA, with just under 7 inches recorded at our home ranch weather station. Following a brief heat wave at the end of August, this early-ripening Syrah block saw Brix levels rise due to dehydration of the fruit. We patiently waited out the heat and were rewarded with three weeks of additional hangtime before picking at the onset of a second heat spike in late September.
This Syrah is from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the Adelaida subdistrict of the Paso Robles AVA, at an elevation of 1,800 feet. This super steep south-facing Block 6 is planted to Syrah clone 877, farmed to just one cluster per shoot and is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.
||Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County|
|Composition:||94% Syrah, 6% Grenache|
|Harvest Dates:||September 17, 2009|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested to half ton bins prior to destemming and berry sorting on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system|
|Harvest chemistries:||28.4° Brix, 0.64 g/100ml TA, 3.47 pH|
|Yeast:||Lallemand RC212 yeast|
|Fermentation:||Fermented in 10 ton open top tank|
|Temperature:||Cold soak 5 days at 55°F, then fermented to 90°F peak temperature|
|Maceration:||9 days on skins|
|Malolactic:||100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos|
|Maturation:||16 months in barrel|
|Barrel type:||French oak, 36% new|
|Bottle aging:||Bottled in March 2011|
|Total Acidity:||0.68 g/100ml|
|Alcohol:||15.16 % by volume|
|Cellaring:||Delicious now, but can be cellared for 6 to 8 years.|
“The 2009 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows incredible density of color and leads with an overwhelming bright, jammy fruit aroma. The delicate oak signature reveals white chocolate and a touch of sage. Flavors are dense on the palate, with soft tannins and a lingering minerality.”
—Steve Peck, red winemaker
Mussels with saffron crème or classic duck confit.
Price: $30.00 750ml