2016 J. Lohr Gesture RVG Rhone Blend
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The RVG presents youthful pale yellow and green hues. The delicate nose offers aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, nectarine, and sweet pea greens. These flavors expand on the palate with tangerine, nectarine, fresh minerality, smooth texture and a long finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
This wine is enjoyable now and will age gracefully through 2022.6 Year
Arugula salad with fennel and citrus vinaigrette, roasted halibut with lemon tarragon butter sauce, toro sushi, or with soft cheeses such as herbed Boursin, goat cheese, or Havarti.
The 2016 vintage in western Paso Robles was moderate compared with recent vintages – mostly cool throughout the season with a few warm spells to ripen the fruit. The temperatures of this quite coastal vineyard were ideal for retaining fresh flavors and acidity. Given that the soils hold water very well, minimal irrigation was applied during the 2016 growing season. Roussanne is definitely the most finicky of the three Rhône white varieties, requiring multiple passes to ensure uniformity of ripeness with each successive harvest. Harvest began on September 24th with the Viognier and continued for another 17 days with the other varietals, until the last of the Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were picked. The resulting wine is a blend of 3 specific wines chosen from several subtle picks, which beautifully reflects the creative efforts of both the vineyard and winemaking teams with an elegantly complex, yet subtle Rhône white blend!
The grapes for the Gesture RVG are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles. The Gean ranch, planted in 2010, is the western-most vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, this vineyards’ terroir is a perfect match for growing Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. The warm days with southern and western exposures on this hillside vineyard help to naturally develop ripe, lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for a longer hangtime, giving the wines power and depth.