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 make two passes as we harvest this block. In the first pass, one to two weeks prior to the main harvest, we remove and declassify any clusters affected by sunburn or low color development. This allows the vine to focus on bringing the remaining fruit to luxury class ripeness for the Gesture Mourvèdre.
The source for this Mourvèdre is the J. Lohr 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 demanded by our limited release Gesture program. The farming plan brings the crop to just one cluster per shoot prior to veraison, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming the wings and shoulders off the clusters as well.
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Delicious now, but will certainly benefit from aging up to 10 years.10 Years
This wine is excellent with many of the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia,
such as pork roast or a platter of prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh fig and aged cheeses.