2017 will be remembered as a restorative vintage for our Paso Robles vineyards with the return of generous rainfall, following an unprecedented 5-year period of drought throughout California. Budbreak was on the late side, with Grenache vines waking from dormancy the first week of April, followed by bloom in late May. Crop set was good, with overall yields approaching 5 tons per acre for Grenache, despite multiple thinning passes. An early September heat spike brought temperatures as high as 115 degrees along the California coast. This triggered harvest at the Gean Ranch for the early varieties such as Syrah, but had no effect on late- ripening Grenache.
The vineyard source for this blend is our 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 is consistently producing wines of the balance and intensity required for our Gesture program. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot prior to veraison. In order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters as well.
Paso Robles Adelaida District AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
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Our J. Lohr Gesture GSM is especially adaptable for food pairing. This blend complements a variety of dishes, from an onion tart to grilled lamb, spicy crab cakes, or a savory vegetable stew.