Sold Out – 2014 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre
The third in a trio of strong vintages for Paso Robles, the wines of 2014 are showing dense and aromatically expressive, with high ripeness levels reminiscent of the 2004 vintage. With less than half the usual winter rainfall in the ground, spring growth rocketed as degree days racked up at a faster pace than we’ve seen in a decade. As soil moisture was limited, we developed smaller canopy and sparser leaf cover in this five-year-old planting of Mourvèdre. This late-ripening variety hung gracefully on the vine into the middle of October before the berry pulp and tannins softened.
The source for this Mourvèdre is the J. Lohr Gean Ranch, which is the westernmost vineyard in the entire Paso Robles AVA. This planting, located in the Adelaida District, was established in 2009 and is now producing wines of the balance and intensity demanded by our Gesture program. The farming plan brings the crop to just one cluster per shoot prior to veraison, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming the wings and shoulders off of the clusters as well.
|Appellation:||Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA|
|Composition:||94% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 2% Grenache Noir|
|Harvest Dates:||October 14, 2013|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries before a 25% saignée|
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 29.2°, total acidity 0.52 g/100ml, pH 3.7|
|Yeast: Maurivin Platinum-isolated in Australia|
|Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters with light punchdowns|
|Temperature: Two-day cold soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature|
|Maceration: 8 days on skins, pressed nearly dry|
|Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos in puncheon|
|Maturation: 16 months in puncheon on primary lees|
|Barrel Type: 500 liter Demptos and Francois Frères French oak puncheons, 60% new|
|Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling|
|Total Acidity: 0.573 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 15.1% by volume|
|Res. Sugar: 0.04 g/100ml (dry)|
|Cellaring: Will show best in 3 to 5 years with the potential to hold up to 10 years.|
|Cases Produced: 188 cases|
The 2014 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Earthy aromas of tobacco, coffee and beeswax open up to black plum. The bright acidity and firm texture leave a finish of black walnut and spicy cardamom.
—Steve Peck, red winemaker
This wine is excellent with many of the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast or pan-seared foie gras. Enjoy with a platter of prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh figs and aged cheeses.
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