Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Enjoyable now and will age well through 2024.5 Years
Delicious with bouillabaisse, halibut with citrus and fennel, sardine lemongrass salad, dry Jack or goat cheese.
The early days of the 2018 vintage in western Paso Robles were moderate compared with recent vintages. Given that the soils hold water very well, minimal irrigation was applied during most of the 2018 growing season, until the heat of early September arrived. To optimize flavor development for this inauguaral blend of Grenache Blanc, we harvested the block in two picks due to sun exposure. Even though the numbers were nearly identical for the two picks, noticeable differences in flavor and texture were found for each side of the vine. Hand harvesting of the grapes took place on October 15th, resulting in a refreshing, intriguing, and complex blend.
The grapes for the Gesture Grenache Blanc are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles. Planted in 2010, it is the westernmost 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, the terroir of this vineyard is a perfect match for growing 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.