2016 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah
Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 2020
- "This widely available wine carries aromas of ripe berry, plum, violet and lavender that lead into a palate loaded with flavors of black currant and purple flowers. Polished tannins and just-right acidity frame it all."
Varietal aromas of black cherry, blueberry, anise and black tea are lifted by barrel aging on lees in a 60/40 blend of American and French oak barrels. A touch of floral Viognier and white pepper on the palate, with baking spice on the finish.
— Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Expect mouthfeel and texture toimprove over the first 2 years in the bottle, withthe capacity to hold another 8 years or more.10+ Years
Pair with a slow-roasted pork shoulder and herbed potatoes.For simple, casual fare, try a classic BLT.
Although rains early in the season were short of average in 2016, the timingwas ideal for vine health and wine quality. Every phenological marker, including budbreak, bloom, and veraison, occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than normal. Syrah buds pushed in mid-March following heavy rains that fell earlier in the month. Vine canopy growth propelled through the spring and was bouyed further by light rains in April. Tannin structure was amplified by a warm veraison period beginning the third week of July, and was followed by ideal ripening weather that brought our earliest blocks of Syrah in the Estrella district to maturity by late August. In the Willow Creek district, even cooler sites that typically ripen at the end of October were picked before the end ofSeptember, at over 29° Brix. Ripe flavors abound in the 2016 vintage!
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in the Syrah’s rangy growth potential. Roughly 50% of this fruit was grown in the warmer Estrella and San Miguel districts, where Syrah flavors trend toward black tea and camphor. The balance is from cooler districts, including Creston, Adelaida and Willow Creek, which infuse the blend with aromatic white pepperand blue fruit notes.