2017 will be remembered as a restorative vintage for our Paso Robles vineyards, with the return of generous rainfall following an unprescedented 5-year period of drought throughout California. Mourvèdre is alway the last variety to awaken from dormancy in the spring. Budbreak occurred on April 20th, with bloom holding out until the first week of June. Crop set was good, with Mourvèdre coming in at 4 tons per acre after multiple crop thinning passes. An alarming heat spike brought temperatures as high as 115 degrees along the California coast from Los Angeles to North of San Francisco in early September. This triggered harvest for the early varieties such as Syrah, but had no effect on late-ripening Mourvèdre at our Gean Ranch that was harvested on October 21st. This vintage of J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre speaks to complexity and layers of intriguing spicy flavors.
The source for our Mourvèdre is the J. Lohr 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 now produces wines of the balance and intensity demanded by our limited release Gesture program. The farming plan brings the crop to just one cluster per shoot prior to veraison, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming the wings and shoulders off the clusters as well.
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Delicious now, but will certainly age gracefully up to 10 years.10 Years
This wine is excellent with many of the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast or a platter of prosciutto tapas, Marcona almonds, fresh figs and aged cheeses.