2014 J. Lohr Gesture RVG
The 2014 vintage in western Paso Robles was the warmest in many years. Although it was also another drought year, our Gean vineyards location in extreme western Paso Robles still received significant winter rainfall amounting to nine inches in 2014. Additionally, given that the soils hold water very well, minimal irrigation was applied during the warm growing season. As we continue to learn more each year about the growing of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier, it provides a fun challenge to both the vineyard management and winemaking teams to “noodle out” the nuances of each variety – even within individual blocks. Roussanne is definitely the most finicky of the three Rhône white varieties, requiring multiple picking passes over different days to ensure uniformity of ripeness with each successive harvest. Given the very warm vintage in 2014, an early harvest began on September 4th with the Viognier and continued for another 40 days with the other varietals until the last of the Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were picked. The 2014 RVG is a blend of nearly 10 different lots made from all of these subtle picks, and even co-fermentations of varietals as the season progressed. Nevertheless, the 2014 Gesture RVG beautifully reflects the creative efforts of both the vineyard and winemaking teams with an elegantly complex, yet subtle Rhône white blend!
The grapes for the Gesture RVG are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is one of Jerry Lohr’s newest vineyards and is the western-most vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, this vineyards’ terroir is a perfect match for growing Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. The warm days with southern and western exposures on this hillside vineyard help to naturally develop ripe, lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for hangtime, giving the wines power and depth.
|Appellation:||Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA|
|Composition:||56% Roussanne, 29% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier|
|Harvest Dates:||September 4, 2014 through October 4, 2014|
|Harvest Process:||Hand picked in the early morning and whole cluster pressed|
|Harvest Chemistries:||23.7° Brix, pH 3.48, total acidity 0.44 g/100ml|
|Yeast: VL1, VL2, Frootzen|
|Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 23 days|
|Maturation: In neutral French oak, new acacia puncheons and stainless steel for 5 months, with weekly stirring of each barrel starting October 2014 until February 2015|
|Total Acidity: 0.61 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 13.81% by volume|
|Res. Sugar: 0.34%|
|Cellaring:||Although very drinkable now, Roussanne provides an ageworthiness that should allow this delicate white blend to age beautifully into 2020.|
The 2014 Gesture RVG has a pale yellow color with youthful green hues. With fine, delicate aromas of mandarin orange, lime, white peach, honeysuckle, beeswax and wet stones, this white Rhône blend has a soft, silky palate that is fruity with citrus and floral notes. The finish is clean and bright with fresh fruit and minerality.
-Jeff Meier, winemaker
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dried fruits, nuts and cheeses.
Price: $35.00 750ml
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