2010 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

2010 was the coolest vintage Paso Robles has seen in a decade. With winter rainfall 50% above normal, and growing degree days well below average, there were concerns that this vintage may not completely ripen. The cool forecast provided an ideal challenge for the newest evolution in our vineyard irrigation strategy, which involved absolutely zero irrigation for an extended period of time beginning in mid-June, just after fruitset. Our weekly monitoring of vine water status allowed us to precisely determine when soil profiles had dried out and whether vines were in need of watering. Initially, we expected that a three to five week “dry-down” would be possible, but were impressed that most of our resourceful Syrah did not reach significant water stress until a full two months had passed without irrigation. Our dramatic approach in the vineyard kept berry size small and switched vines from a vegetative state to a reproductive state early in the season, driving early seed maturity and dramatic flavor maturity that is evident in this wine.

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.


Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 18th to November 5th, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 24.6° Brix
  Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic in tank
and barrel
  Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels
  Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 18% new
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.7
  Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.7% by volume 
  Residual Sugar:0.17 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Soft and approachable at release; will age nicely up to 7 years.

The 2010 is particularly dark in color, with aromas of pomegranate, black tea, blueberry and prune. Low-toasted oak accentuates the fruit, bringing vanilla and a supple, lean tannin structure that invites food pairing. The finish is bright and fruit-driven on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Perfect with black and blue Ahi tuna, duck confit or a savory Tri-tip with ancho chile glaze.

Particularly dark in color, with aromas of pomegranate, black tea, blueberry and prune.


Price: $15.00 750ml