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 2015 J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel gets its brightest red fruit notes from a steep, south-facing block planted on a lime shale soil known as Gazos Shaly Clay Loam. The growing season registered as the fourth consecutive year of drought in the region. Warm springtime weather was absent of frost and brought excellent berry set prior to summer. October weather was mild, which allowed fruit to mature completely. For Zinfandel, it’s the acidity, and not sugar development, that defines ripeness grown in a cool area like the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. Picking was predicated on a drop in acidity coinciding with a burst in flavor long after the sugar maturity had been achieved. The 2015 Gesture Zinfandel has briary black cherry fruit that lingers on the finish.
Our Gesture Zinfandel was grown in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. This variety can sometimes be difficult to ripen before the onset of October rain and frost 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. Fruit 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.
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Greatest fruit intensity in the first three years, but can be cellared for 8 to 10 years.10 Years
Delicious with grilled flank steak and saffron rice.