2018 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah
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The 2018 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah leads with aromas of anise, blueberry, and sandalwood. Fruit notes of lingonberry and dried cherry emerge on the palate, followed by pleasing astringency on the finish.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Richest fruit within the first 3 years; maturing tannins to 10 years beyond vintage.10 Years
Tri-tip steak and classic ratatouille.
2018 was one of those “Miracle March” vintages where, just as we had resigned ourselves to another year of drought in Paso Robles, Mother Nature provided a series of storms that brought the majority of the seasonal rainfall within just a short few weeks. This timing coincided with the end of winter dormancy and the onset of rapid springtime growth, generating healthy vine canopies at well-known Terra Bella Vineyard. A moderate vintage in terms of overall heat accumulation from summer to autumn, we selected the late ripening block 4 for this year’s Gesture bottling.
The 2018 Gesture Syrah was grown in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles at Terra Bella Vineyard. Block 4 is planted on a south-facing slope at 1,750 foot elevation, and is a field blend of inky-dark clone 877 Syrah and the aromatic Syrah Noir selection.