2015 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier
The 2015 vintage in western Paso Robles was warm but tempered by its location and proximity to the coast. Although it was also another drought year, our Gean vineyard location in extreme western Paso Robles still received significant winter rainfall in 2015. Additionally, given that the soils hold water very well, minimal irrigation was applied during the warm growing season. We have many subtle differences in the two different sites where Viognier is grown at Gean, with Block 5 in the southern part of the ranch bringing citrus and strong floral notes on the heavier clay soils, while Block 14 to the north provides fruit with aromas of linalool, lychee and Asian spice on its gravelly, weathered sandstone. Harvesting of our Viognier began in Block 14 on September 14th and finished just a few days later on September 18th with the harvest of Block 5. Maturity, which is so important for Viognier, was reached at relatively high sugars (27.6° Brix) with excellent acidity. The 2015 Gesture Viognier is a blend of both blocks, each contributing their own individuality to blend synergistically in the final wine.
The grapes for the Gesture Viognier are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, 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 vineyard’s terroir is a perfect match for growing Viognier. 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:||Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA|
|Harvest Date:||September 14, 2015 through September 18, 2015|
|Harvest Process:||Hand harvested in the early morning and whole cluster pressed to taste|
|Harvest chemistries:||Brix 27.6°, total acidity 0.64 g/100ml, pH 3.75|
|Yeast: Rhône 4600 and Frootzen|
|Fermentation: In barrel and poly tank for an average of 19 days|
|Maturation: In acacia barrels and puncheons, poly tank for 6 months|
|Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 14.12% by volume|
|Residual Sugar: 0.33 g/100ml|
|Cases Produced: 317|
|Cellaring||Drink now through 2018|
Pale yellow in color, the 2015 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier offers aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, nectarine and baking spices. These aromas are complemented by the rich, balanced palate of ripe peaches, cara cara orange, mineral notes and a long, textured finish.
—Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
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