2012 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique path of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening. An unusual period of triple digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid August toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed us to full ripeness with the earliest picking occurring on September 19th. The 2012 vintage of Southridge Syrah developed complex spicy notes and soft tannins as it aged on yeast lees for over a year in barrel prior to bottling.


VINEYARDS
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a south-facing 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 eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 19th to October 30th, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 26.1° Brix, pH 3.57, total acidity 0.51g/100ml
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic 
  Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels
  Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 20% new
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.70
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.92% by volume 
  Residual Sugar: 0.16 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Bright and fruit driven at release; a softer and more complex palate will emerge over 5 years of aging.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Varietal aromas of black tea and blueberry are lifted by barrel aging on the lees in a blend of American and French oak barrels. Smoky notes and vanilla are evident in this lean structured and spicy vintage of Syrah.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A simple roasted duck with potatoes or rare sesame-crusted Ahi tuna. For casual fair, try a classic BLT.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Black tea and blueberry aromas with a spicy finish.

Price: $15.00 750ml

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