2017 J. Lohr Gesture RVG Rhone Blend
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Wine & Spirits, October 2019
- A blend of roussanne, viognier and grenache blanc, this melds exuberant flavors of white peach and Meyer lemon with plenty of phenolic structure to support. It's pure and balanced; for a picnic.
The 2017 J. Lohr Gesture RVG presents youthful pale yellow and green hues. The delicate nose offers aromas of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, daffodil, and pear. These flavors expand on the palate with ripe white peach, tangerine, and ripe apple, with a balanced texture and long finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
This wine is enjoyable now and willage gracefully through 20236 Year
Arugula salad with fennel and citrus vinaigrette, roasted halibut with lemon tarragon buttersauce, toro sushi, or soft cheeses such as herbed Boursin, goat cheese, or Havarti.
The early days of the 2017 vintage in western Paso Robles were moderate compared with recent vintages - mostly cool throughout the season with a few warm spells to ripen the fruit. For the first time since its inception, there was no spring frost in the vineyard. The temperatures of this quite coastal vineyard were ideal for retaining fresh flavors and acidity. Given that thesoils hold water very well, minimal irrigation was applied during most of the growing season until the warmth of early September. Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were harvested in multiple passes to ensure uniformity of ripeness with each successive pick. Harvest began on September 6th with the Viognier and continued for another 55 days until the last of the Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were picked. The resulting wine is a blend of 5 specific wines chosen from several subtle picks.
The 2017 J. Lohr Gesture RVG 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 GeanVineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles.The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is the western-mostvineyard in the Paso Robles AVA. With a climate nearly identicalto 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 hangtime, giving the wines power and depth.