2012 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

VINTAGE
2012 marked the return to more typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coolest vintages in a decade. Rainfall was on the shy side at 7 inches for the winter totaling less than 60% of normal. A nice wet storm arrived during budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth. Our typically warm springtime conditions delivered rapid shoot growth which fully filled out the VSP canopy in this block. 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 the fruit to full ripeness with this block picking on September 13th. The 2012 vintage of Gesture Syrah developed complex, spicy notes and soft tannins as it aged on its own yeast lees for 16 months in French oak barrels prior to bottling in March of 2014.


VINEYARDS
The grapes for this J. Lohr Gesture Syrah are grown at Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the Adelaida subdistrict of the Paso Robles AVA at an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. The super steep south-facing Block 6 has lime-shale soils and is planted to Syrah clone 877. Thinned to just one cluster per shoot, this block is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:

Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 100% Syrah
Harvest Dates: September 3, 2012
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half-ton bins, destemmed and berry sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 28.2° Brix, total acidity 0.67 g/100ml, pH 3.54
Vinification:  
  Yeast: ICV D80 yeast
  Fermentation: Destemmed and fermented whole berry in open-top tank with light punchdowns
  Temperature: Cold-soaked 5 days at 55°F, fermented to 90°F peak temperature
  Maceration: 12 days on skins
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 16 months in 228 liter barrels
  Barrel Type: French oak puncheons, 50% new
Forests: France
Coopers: Meyrieux and Vallaurine
  Bottle Aging: Released 3 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.36
  Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.05 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Richest fruit within 5 years; maturing tannins to 8 years of bottle age
  Cases produced: 268 cases

WINEWMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows intense color and leads with bright red fruit aromas. The delicate oak signature suggests tiramisu and white truffle while round fruit flavors of lingonberry and blood orange fill the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A traditional entrecôte (ribeye) steak or crispy duck on sautéed winter greens.

Vineyard

Price: $30.00 750ml

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