Viognier Bottle Shot

2018 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier

Pale yellow in color, the 2018 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier offers aromas of gardenia,honeysuckle, white peach, and Meyer lemon. These aromas are complemented by therich, balanced palate of lemon custard, nectarine, ripe orange, and a long, textured finish.

- Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines

Vintage

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 in early September arrived. We have many subtle differences in the two sites where Viognieris grown at Gean, with Block 5 in the southern part of the ranch bringing citrus and strong floral notes on the heavier clay soils, while Block 14 to the north provides fruit with aromas of linalool, lychee and Asian spice on its gravelly, weathered sandstone. Harvest began with Block 5 on September 21st and finished with Block 14 on October 2nd. Maturity, which is so important for this varietal, was reached at 26.0° Brix while retaining excellent acidity. The 2018 Gesture Viognier is a blend of both blocks, each contributing their own individuality into the final wine.

Vineyard

The grapes for the Gesture Viognier are sourced from ourGean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western PasoRobles. Planted in 2010, it is the western-most vineyard inthe Paso Robles AVA. With a climate nearly identical to that ofthe Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, the terroir of this vineyard is a perfect match for growing Viognier. 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.

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 100%

      Viognier

  • Origin

    Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA

  • Cellaring

    Enjoyable now and will age well through 2022

    4 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Chicken curry with apricots, seared scallops, dukkah, or soft and semisoft cheeses.

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