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 arrived in early September. Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were harvestedin multiple passes to ensure uniformity of ripeness. Harvest began on September 21st with the Viognier and continued for another 42 days with the other varietals until the last of the Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were picked. The resulting wine is a blend of 6 specific wines chosen from several subtle picks. The 2018 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.Planted in 2010, it is the westernmost vineyard in the PasoRobles AVA. With a climate nearly identical to that ofthe Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils ofcalcareous shale and weathered sandstone, the terrior of thisvineyard 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.
Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
This wine is enjoyable now and willage gracefully through 2024.6 Year
Pair with arugula salad with fennel and citrus vinaigrette, roasted halibut with lemon tarragonbutter sauce, toro sushi, or with soft cheeses such as herbed Boursin, goat cheese, or Havarti.