The 2018 growing season was blessed by “Miracle March” rainstorms, bringing the majority of the seasonal precipitation in just a few days that month. Total rainfall was just short of average, with roughly 19 inches falling at our Gean Ranch in the Adelaida district of Paso Robles. Budbreak arrived on April 15th, which is about 10 days later than normal. We saw mild spring weather and gradual vine growth prior to bloom in late May, resulting in a nice fruit-set and an above-average crop size. We can always count on the chilly 50 degree nights throughout the summer in Paso Robles, which contribute to the unique fresh fruit character of the Grenache- based wines from this region. We harvest Rosé quite early to capture those fresh fruit notes and bright acidity in the wine. Our approach to winemaking in 2018 borrows from the latest trends in the south of France for Rosé. Employing a 2-week aging of the pulpy juice at low temperature, prior to yeast inoculation, delivers a wine with elevated thiolic notes of fresh guava and passion fruit. The result is a truly refreshing style which pairs well with cold meats and fresh seafood.
The 2018 release is an 80/20 blend of our Gean Ranch and Beck Vineyard Grenache. Gean is located in the far-western reaches of the Adelaida district, and is the westernmost vineyard in Paso Robles. This calcareous site on Linne Calodo soils is optimal for developing the high-tone aromatics and beautiful palate weight without unwanted astringency, and has long been the vineyard source for both our red and white Gesture Rhône wine programs. The high elevation Beck Vineyard is planted at 1,700 feet and contributes wonderful ripe strawberry notes to the blend.
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California
Our J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé is best enjoyed in the current vintage. Buy a case for summer enjoyment and hold back a few bottles for the holidays!1 Year