2018 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre
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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.
Fermentation: Fermented in an open-top fermenters, with light punchdowns
Maturation: 26 days on skins, pressed after the Thanksgiving Holiday
Barrel Type: 500-liter Cadus French oak puncheons, 15% new
Bottle Aging: Released 3 months after bottling
Thanks to a “Miracle March,” the 2018 growing season will be remembered as the fourth in a string of near-normal rainfall years in Paso Robles. Over 70% of the season’s rainfall was accumulated in a 3-week period beginning the first of March, which kicked off a rare vintage of exceptional quality. A stretch of warm weather in May assured a good bloom and fruit set on the developing clusters. This was followed by an unprecedented heat spell after the 4th of July, where we saw an unthinkable 38 days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Our thinning passes in the vineyard brought the Mourvèdre crop load to 4.4 tons per acre in 2018, with harvest scheduled on Halloween Day. Our crews selectively harvested the healthiest vines to deliver the flavor intensity we love in this limited release Gesture Mourvèdre.
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; in order to further intensify flavor, we trim the wings and shoulders off this large-clustered variety, as well.