2017 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier
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Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Enjoyable now and will age wellthrough 20214 Years
Grilled chicken with orange ginger sauce, curried scallops, dukkah, Moroccan spiced nutblend, or soft and semisoft cheeses.
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. Given that the soils hold water very well, minimal irrigation was applied during most of the 2017 growing season until the warmthof early September. We have many subtle differences in the two different sites where Viognier is grown at Gean, with Block 5 in the southern part of the ranch bringing citrus and strong floral notes on the heavier clay soils, while Block 14 to the north provides fruit with aromas of linalool, lychee and Asian spice on its gravelly, weathered sandstone. Harvest began with Block 14 on September 6 and finished with Block 5 on September 21. Maturity, which is so important for Viognier, was reached at 24.5° Brix while retaining excellent acidity. The 2017 Gesture Viognier is a blend of both blocks, each contributing their own individuality to combine synergistically into the final wine.
The grapes for the Gesture Viognier are sourced from ourGean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western PasoRobles. The Gean Vineyard, 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 Viognier. 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.