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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel

VINTAGE
Zinfandel holds its place as the heritage grape among winemakers in Paso Robles, where Paderewski and others established the earliest plantings a century ago. The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel gets its brightest red fruit notes from a steep, south-facing block planted on lime shale. The brooding, dried fruit and facets of the blend are typical of a neighboring site long-owned by the Guibinni family. The 2012 vintage was a return to normalcy after the unusually cool 2011 and 2010 vintages which had challenged ripening. It is the acidity, and not sugar development, that defines ripeness in Zinfandel grown in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. Our picking was predicated on a drop in acidity coinciding with a burst in flavor long after the sugar maturity had been achieved. The 2012 Gesture Zinfandel has brambly and earthy aromatics with raspberry fruit on the palate and a freshness that complements rich cuisine. 


VINEYARD
J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is grown on two vineyard sites in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. Zinfandel grown at this location can sometimes be difficult to ripen before the onset of October rain and frosts in this coastal belt, where Spanish moss grows abundantly in the surrounding oak forests. Besides the cool climate, this terroir is greatly defined by the Gazos Shaly Loam soil which is hardly soil at all--looking more like a solid rock formation at times. Thinning in the vineyard is key to this program, both at veraison and prior to harvest. This allows us to select the best maturing bunches to give the wine optimal flavor balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles Willow Creek District, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Syrah
Harvest Date: October 3, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, 15% Saignée
Harvest Chemistries: 27.8° Brix, total acidity .70 g/100ml, pH 3.50
Vinification  
  Yeast: Maurivin B (a specialty yeast that metabolizes much of the malic acid in the juice)
  Fermentation: Stainless steel
  Temperature: 3 day cold soak ramped up to 92°F peak fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 9 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic complete
  Maturation: 8 months in second-fill French and American barrels
  Barrel Type: 1st and 2nd fill French oak barrels
  Forests: Center of France  
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.49
  Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.98% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.28 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Great fruit in first three years, but can be cellared for 8 to 10 years.
  Cases Produced: 303 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The fresh fruit character of the J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel is reflective of the favorable 2012 vintage and the terrior of the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles. Aromas are brambly raspberry and dried cherry with an earthiness. The red fruit and bright acidity on the palate makes a great accompaniment to grilled skirt steak and rich cheeses.
—Steve Peck, red winemaker 
 
FOOD PAIRINGS
Delicious with grilled skirt steak and rich cheeses.

 

2013 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc

The 2013 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is sold out, but our 2014 vintage is available! Click here to learn more and to order.

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County was just about the perfect vintage. With warm, dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight, very cool years. Although temperatures were warm throughout the season, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening. This ideal weather allowed us to selectively pick our Sauvignon Blanc over a range of flavor profiles, from gooseberry to grapefruit and passionfruit.


VINEYARDS
The grapes for the Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc are grown in the well-drained, sandy, cobblestone soils deposited by the Arroyo Seco River. These rugged soils keep yields in check and produce fruit with varietal intensity, minerality and exceptional weight. The long cool growing season of the Arroyo Seco appellation ensures that the fleeting, exotic fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are retained along with vibrant natural acidity. The Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is created to be an expression of pure varietal character, influenced only by its terroir and gently guided by minimal farming and winemaking practices.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition Blend: 98.5% Sauvignon Blanc, 1.5% Viognier
Harvest Dates: September 9 to October 10, 2013
Brix at Harvest: 23.6° Brix avg
Vinification:  
  Maturation: Aged 8 months in tank, wood barrels and stainless steel barrels
  Barrel type: New Acacia wood barrels and stainless steel barrels
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.28
  Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.74% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.39 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now, and should be consumed within one or two years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Bright aromas and flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit and passionfruit highlight this bright, crisp and well-structured Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Arroyo Seco appellation. By fermenting part of the blend in new acacia wood barrels, a rich textural component was developed to play off of the varietal brightness achieved with the stainless steel aging of the remaining portion.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Serve with artichokes, grilled mackerel, sushi and sashimi or fresh salads with goat cheese.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A crisp, well-structured Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and passionfruit.

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2012 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Chardonnay

VINTAGE
The 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands vintage continued the trend of cool years, which began in 2010. 2012 began with colder than average winter and early spring temperatures, but saw cool to moderate temperatures and dry weather from June through the end of September. With no rain events and favorable weather during the ripening period, we were able to let the grapes reach optimal maturity. A short heat wave on October 1st and 2nd pushed the grapes over the finish line to close out an outstanding vintage at the Escolle Road Vineyard.


VINEYARDS
2012 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Chardonnay comes from the Escolle Road Vineyard, just west of the town of Gonzales in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey. We were invited to partner with a group of friends - Gary Caraccioli, the Nunes and Hiyashi families - in 2006, to establish a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard on Rianda family property. We participated in soil evaluation, vineyard layout and clone and rootstock selection, ultimately choosing the sandiest soils for Chardonnay planting. The clones selected were a Wente clone from Larry Hyde’s vineyard in Carneros, and a Robert Young selection from Sonoma County - both shy bearing, but very flavorful. The close proximity to Monterey Bay, the eastern slope and aspect, and the elevation above the Salinas Valley floor provide a cool, sunny, ideal environment for growing intensely-flavored Burgundian varietals.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Dates: October 5 through 11, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night, vineyard-pressed to 0.8 bars and settled
Harvest Chemistries: 26.0° Brix, total acidity 0.97 g/100ml, pH 3.26
Vinification: Yeast: Native fermentation with Frootzen added
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 16 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos October 2012. Completed malolactic fermentation end of November/beginning of December 2012.
Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel, starting November 2012 until June 2013 (during malolactic fermentation and seven months post)
Post-Stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels with free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring
Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 18 months in 50.8% new oak
Barrel Type: French oak, very tight grain
Forest: Mixed
Coopers: Mostly Francois Frères and Marcel Cadet
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.64
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.09% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.42 g/100ml
  Cases Produced: 732 (1,464 six-packs)
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but will gain complexity in the bottle through 2018.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Bright yellow hues with aromas of mango, papaya, strawberry and violets. Rich flavors of tropical fruit, vanilla, citrus, toasted oak and minerality frame this weighty Chardonnay.
Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with lemon-oregano chicken, roasted hen with spring vegetables, apple walnut salad or seared scallops.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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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

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Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 100% Syrah
Harvest Dates: September 13, 2012
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half-ton bins, destemmed and berry sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 28°, 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: 15 months in 228 liter barrels
  Barrel Type: French oak puncheons, 30% new
Forests: France
Coopers: Meyrieux and Vallaurine
  Bottle Aging: Released 3 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.36
  Total Acidity: 0.6 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: 353 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.

2012 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

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, bringing welcome moisture for early season growth. Our typically warm springtime conditions delivered rapid shoot elongation 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 accelerated ripening with this Grenache block, which was harvested on October 19th. The goal of the Gesture GSM blend is to highlight the uniquely bright fruit quality of Grenache and supporting it with structure and spice from Mourvèdre and Syrah components in the blend.


VINEYARDS
The vineyard source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is from a property once known as Gravity Hills. Located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles appellation, these decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in these blocks makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot after bloom, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. The Syrah component for this blend comes from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles appellation at an elevation of 1,800 feet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 87% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 3% Syrah
Harvest Dates: Grenache harvested October 19th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 26.5°, total acidity 0.52 g/100ml, pH 3.36
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Four day cold-soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 10 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain in puncheons
  Maturation: 15 months in puncheons
  Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons from Francois Frères, 20% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.45
  Total Acidity: 0.63 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.35% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.00 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but will age gracefully for 5 to 7 years
  Cases Produced: 650 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a particularly bright hue. High-toned Grenache fruit is structured and spiced with a bit of Mourvèdre and a touch of soft Syrah. A year in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and adds palate weight. The racy acidity of this wine will complement any Mediterranean menu.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with grilled meats or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence. Try with spicy crab cakes, vegetable stew or an arugula-topped pizza.

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Price: $30.00 750ml

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2013 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

The 2013 vintage of our J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is sold out. The 2014 vintage is available for purchase in the J. Lohr Wine Store

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm, dry weather from April to October, this vintage was the second warmest in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening, which allowed for the hangtime needed to achieve ripe Riesling flavors.


VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling are grown in well-drained Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco River. The winds of the Salinas Valley extended the growing season, and the fruit retains its natural grape acids. Our primary goal with this varietal is to evoke the purest manifestation of fruit from the vineyard, enhanced by a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel to showcase the grape’s character.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 94% White Riesling,
6% Gewurztraminer
Harvest Date: October 25th and 26th, 2013
Brix at Harvest: 23.9° Brix average
Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.08
Alcohol: 13.05% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.00 g/100 ml
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel tanks post-fermentation

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2013 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a youthful, pale straw yellow color and perfumed with aromas of apricot, tangerine peel, apple and sweet lavender. Fresh green apple, stone fruit and citrus flavors come into balance with crisp, cool climate acidity and a touch of natural sugars, finishing with a refreshing tingle of residual carbonation.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Enjoy this wine as an aperitif, or pair with mahi-mahi tacos, spicy sushi, Caribbean jerk chicken or pumpkin curry.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of apple, apricot and lavender. Refreshing acidity with a slight spritz.

Price: $10.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

VINTAGE
When comparing California wine styles to those of other regions around the world, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines versus Old World wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where chaptalization (adding sugar to unfermented grape must to increase the alcohol content after fermentation) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe (some would say overripe) fruit for winemaking. The 2012 vintage marked the return to typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coldest vintages in a decade. A particularly hot few weeks in August were followed by ideal conditions in September and October, which matured these late- ripening cultivars to perfection. The 2012 vintage is showing softer acidity and smoother tannin structure than most previous vintages.


Fruit for our 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard, located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles appellation. These decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in this block makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot for this large-clustered variety, and in order to intensify flavor and color it requires trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. We hand-harvested into half-ton bins on October 17th. The finish was lengthened by blending in a bit of Syrah from the same vineyard.
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TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 98% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 17th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 24.7°, total acidity 0.44 g/100ml, pH 3.62
Vinification:  
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters with light punchdowns
  Temperature: Two-day cold soak followed by a hot 92°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 8 days on skins, pressed nearly dry
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 15 months in puncheon on primary lees
  Barrel Type: 500 liter Demptos and Francois Frères French oak puncheons, 24% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.5
  Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.09 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but will certainly benefit from aging up to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 463 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Brushy aromas of tobacco and beeswax open up to black plum. Soft acidity and a talcy texture on the palate are followed by a cardamom spice.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

Food Pairings
This wine is excellent with many of the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast or pan-seared foie gras. Try with prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh fig and brie cheese.

Price: $30.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 had been preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was a welcomed proposition for vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak in the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and push the classic Merlot red fruit charactistics. A period of triple digit hot temperatures gave definition to the vintage in mid-August, toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure to the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry conditions ushered in the 2012 Los Osos Merlot crop in a tight, 10-day harvesting window at the end of September in the 25-26° brix range.


VINEYARDS
Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and Arbuckle- Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these welldrained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


TECHNICAL DATA

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 87% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates:  September 20th - October 2nd, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 25.6° Brix avg
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  Malolactic: 100%
  Maturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak
  Barrel type: American oak from Missouri forests, medium-plus toast with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.7
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.93% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.19 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Showing well upon release, with the potential to age up to five years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Red fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of dark chocolate and baking spice. Whole berry fermentation with a generous use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves ripe, soft tannins on the palate.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
An excellent pairing for cheese tortellini or herb-roasted chicken.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Blended with Malbec, this Merlot shows plum and pomegranate highlights integrated with a dark chocolate barrel signature.

Price: $15.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique path of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening. 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 us to full ripeness with the earliest picking occurring on September 19th. The 2012 vintage of Southridge Syrah developed complex spicy notes and soft tannins as it aged on yeast lees for over a year in barrel prior to bottling.


VINEYARDS
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a south-facing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 19th to October 30th, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 26.1° Brix, pH 3.57, total acidity 0.51g/100ml
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic 
  Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels
  Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 20% new
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.70
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.92% by volume 
  Residual Sugar: 0.16 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Bright and fruit driven at release; a softer and more complex palate will emerge over 5 years of aging.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Varietal aromas of black tea and blueberry are lifted by barrel aging on the lees in a blend of American and French oak barrels. Smoky notes and vanilla are evident in this lean structured and spicy vintage of Syrah.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A simple roasted duck with potatoes or rare sesame-crusted Ahi tuna. For casual fair, try a classic BLT.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Black tea and blueberry aromas with a spicy finish.

Price: $15.00 750ml

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2013 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, and a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during the ripening period. These ideal weather conditions gave us the opportunity to pick at the quintessential levels of ripeness for each block and clone.


VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots can be found at greater depths searching for water in the cobbles. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soil keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance. Additionally, the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season and retain the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of the Chardonnay.


TECHNICAL DATA


Appellation Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition (Blend) 100% Chardonnay
Harvest dates September 23 to October 25, 2013
Brix at harvest 25.0° average
Vinification  
   Malolactic 50% in barrel
   Maturation Aged 6 to 10 months in oak barrels from new to fourth fill.
Barrels were stirred every two weeks until pump-out
   Barrel type American, Hungarian and French oak
Bottling chemistries  
   pH 3.55
   Total acidity 0.66 g/100ml
   Alcohol 13.88% by volume
   Residual Sugar 0.42 g/100ml
   
Cellaring Drink now, or cellar up to 5 years

 


WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This expressive Riverstone Chardonnay has light golden hues with a tint of youthful green. Aromas of ripe comice pear, melon, meyer lemon and brioche coalesce with notes of roasted hazelnut, flint, spice and toasty oak. Flavors of pom fruits, mineral and sabayon end with a lingering toasty oak finish. Barrel fermentation with sur-lie aging adds layers of creamy palate weight, depth and aromatic complexity. The Arroyo Seco’s cool climate and long growing season help maintain a natural acidity that brings this wine’s rich palate into balance.
Jeff Meier, winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Tangerine-roasted chicken, frisée salad with lardons and poached egg, smoked salmon, vegetable frittatas, pan roasted pheasant with creamy polenta.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A full-bodied, balanced Chardonnay with flavors of pear, citrus and cream, ending with a lingering toasty oak finish.

Price: $14.00 750ml
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