Paso Robles saw a fourth consecutive year of low winter rainfall in 2015. The dry conditions experienced locally mirrored the extreme climatic trends witnessed across the entire state of California. Budbreak at this particular vineyard site was the first week of April, which is a week or two later than the majority of our ranches in Paso Robles. Good growing conditions in April brought rapid shoot growth but were followed by an unusually cold period in early May that slowed development prior to bloom. We placed shade cloth over the fruit zone on the Grenache block in early August, at the onset of veraison, with the goal of enhancing fruit color by mitigating direct sun on this heat sensitive variety. Our unique vineyard site produces Grenache with a beautiful fresh fruit character that defines the Gesture GSM.
The vineyard source for the Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is our 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 now produces wines of the balance and intensity required for our Gesture program. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot prior to veraison, and in order to intensify flavor, these largeclustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters as well. The Syrah component for this blend is grown at the Terra Bella Vineyard, also located within the Adelaida District at an elevation of 1,800 feet.
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
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Pairs well with grilled meats or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence. Try with spicy crab cakes or vegetable stew.