J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is grown on two vineyard sites in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. Zinfandel grown at this location can sometimes be difficult to ripen before the onset of October rain and frosts in this coastal belt, where Spanish moss grows abundantly in the surrounding oak forests. Besides the cool climate, this terroir is greatly defined by the Gazos Shaly Loam soil which is hardly soil at all--looking more like a solid rock formation at times. Thinning in the vineyard is key to this program, both at veraison and prior to harvest. This allows us to select the best maturing bunches to give the wine optimal flavor balance.
|Appellation:||Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County|
|Composition:||94% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah,
|Harvest Date:||October 8 - 12, 2009|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested into halfton
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 27°, pH 3.42,
total acidity 0.57 g/100ml
|Yeast: Uvaferm 43|
|Fermentation: 5 and 10 ton open-top
fermenters with gentle punchdowns
|Temperature: Peak at 95°F|
|Maceration: 2 to 3-day cold soak followed by
a 7 day punchdown fermentation
|Malolactic: 100% ML with alcohol tolerant
|Maturation: 8 months in barrel|
|Barrel Type: 1 and 2-year-old French oak
|Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 15.29% by volume|
|Residual Sugar: 0.23 g/100ml|
|Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but can be cellared for 5 to 8 years|
|Cases Produced: 1,809|
I really enjoy the effusive, brambly character of this wine. The 2009 Gesture Zin is loaded with black plum, raspberry and tobacco notes, held together with a firm palate structure and natural acidity that make it great for pairing with food.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
Vegetarian lasagna or salmon with artichokes. Chocolate always works… always!