The 2012 vintage started out very much like 2010 and 2011, with below average spring and early summer temperatures and lots of cloud cover, but rainfall amounts were not even half of 2010 and 2011 with only 7.2 inches falling. Fortunately, the weather during flowering was favorable, leading to uniform fruit-set with ideal yields. Summer was warmer than the past two vintages, with many days teetering on triple-digit temperatures in July and August, resulting in much closer to historical averages. This late season heat allowed for the full development of ripe flavors and perfect natural acidity.
The grapes for the 2012 Gesture RVG were sourced from J. Lohr’s Gean Vineyard. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is one of Jerry Lohr’s newest plantings and is the western-most vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, make this vineyard ideal for Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. 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.
|Appellation:||Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA|
|Composition:||80% Roussanne, 18% Viognier, 2% Grenache Blanc|
|Harvest Dates:||August 31, 2012 through September 20, 2012|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed|
|Harvest Chemistries:||22.4° Brix, pH 3.56, total acidity 0.61 g/100ml|
|Yeast: VL1 and VL2|
|Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days|
|Maturation: In French oak and stainless steel barrels for 7 months, with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2012 until March 2012|
|Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 13.72% by volume|
|Res. Sugar: 0.57 g/100ml|
|Cellaring: Drink now through 2017|
|Cases Produced: 250|
“Layered aromas of ripe pear, crème brulée, lemon blossom and bees wax merge into lingering citrus and stone fruit flavors. Bright natural acidity frames the lush, creamy palate, creating a complex, aromatic full-bodied white wine.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture RVG pairs well with paella and rich seafood dishes, roasted root vegetables and poultry. Nuts, dried fruits and cheeses are a perfect accompaniment to the big Roussanne-dominated flavors.