2015 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé
The ideal season for growing a Grenache Rosé might offer a wet winter to feed the roots, cool spring temperatures to nurture flowers, and lots of warm summer days with cool nights to develop flavors while preserving acidity. The 2015 growing season represented the fourth year of drought in the region, causing an unusually early budbreak. Typical spring temperatures in April achieved good canopy growth, but were followed by a cold month of May that severely impacted pollination of flowers. This resulted in poor berry development, causing crop yields approximately half of normal. We can always count on the chilly 50 degree nights throughout the summer in Paso Robles, which contribute to the unique fresh fruit character of the Grenache-based wines from this region. We harvested early on our ranch in the Paso Robles Adelaida district to capture that fresh character in the wine. This winemaker’s appetite for this pink delicacy never dissipates as we chase the endless summer.
Half of this fruit is from the Paso Robles Willow Creek district and the balance from ranches in the Creston and Adelaida districts. The Willow Creek district is known for world-class Grenache, and this particular site is optimal for developing the hightone aromatics this variety is known for. The Creston component is a co-ferment of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Noir from our joint venture partner, Beck Vineyard, which brings racy acidity and length to the blend. We derive palate weight and mouthfeel without unwanted astringency from the Adelaida district fruit in this blend. Our Gean Ranch in the Adelaida district is the westernmost vineyard in the entire Paso Robles AVA and has helped strengthen both our red and white Rhône programs, and adds a wonderful dimension to this varietal Rosé.
|Appellation:||Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California|
|Composition:||80% Grenache Noir, 20% Grenache Blanc|
|Harvest Dates:||September 14th and 15th, 2015|
|Harvest Process:||Early morning hand-harvest|
|Harvest chemistries:||Brix 24.3° avg, pH 3.2, total acidity 0.80 g/100ml|
|Yeast: Initial inoculation with non- saccharomyces strain pichia klyuveri, followed by saccharomyces at mid-fermentation|
|Fermentation: Stainless steel tank|
|Maturation: Destemmed fruit was soaked overnight, followed by a traditional “Champagne” press cycle|
|Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 13.4% by volume|
|Residual Sugar: 0.11 g/100ml|
|Cases Produced: 310|
|Cellaring||Grenache Rosé is best enjoyed in the current vintage. Buy a case for summer enjoyment and hold back a few bottles for
Appealing aromas of Asian pear and strawberry are followed by a bright and light palate with a lingering berry-sorbet finish. This wine pairs perfectly with sushi, grilled scallops, or any healthy summer cuisine.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker
A great companion for shellfish, sushi or a summer salad of kale and wild rice.
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