Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Richest fruit within the first 5 years; maturing tannins to 8 years bottle age.5 Years
Pan-seared entrecôte (ribeye) steak with ratatouille.
Paso Robles saw a fourth consecutive year of low winter rainfall in 2015. The dry conditions we 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. This coincided with bloom, resulting in a 50% reduction in crop on the two blocks that compose the 2015 Gesture Syrah.
Half of the grapes for our J. Lohr Gesture Syrah are grown at the J. Lohr Gean Ranch in the Adelaida District, and half at the Terra Bella Vineyard. The Gean Ranch was established in 2009, and is the westernmost vineyard in the entire Paso Robles AVA. It produces wines of the balance and intensity required for our Gesture program. Terra Bella, also located within the Adelaida District of the Paso Robles AVA, is at an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. The extremely steep south-facing Block 6 has lime-shale soils and is planted to Syrah clone 877. Thinned to just one cluster per shoot, these blocks are prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.