Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California
Greatest fruit intensity in the first three years, but can be cellared for 8 to 10 years.10 Years
Delicious with grilled flank steak and saffron rice.
Our Gesture Zinfandel is a blend of two vineyards in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District, near the crossing of Highway 46 West & Vineyard Drive. Zinfandel can be difficult to ripen prior to the onset of October rain and frost in this coastal belt, where Spanish moss grows abundantly in the surrounding oak forests. In addition to the relatively cool climate, this terroir is greatly defined by the Gazos Shaly Loam soil which hardly seems soil at all, looking more like a solid rock formation at times. Fruit thinning in the vineyard is key to this program, both at veraison and prior to harvest, allowing us to select the best maturing bunches to give the wine optimal flavor balance.
Thanks to a couple of late winter storms, the 2018 growing season will be remembered as the fourth in a string of normal rainfall years in Paso Robles, with over 70% of this season’s rainfall being accumulated in a 3-week period in March. A nice stretch of warm weather in May assured a good bloom and fruit set and was followed by an unprecedented 46-day heat spell beginning in early July. This had the effect of extending the growing season, as vines shuttered their stomates and slowed photosynthesis in defense of the high temperatures. The 2018 vintage of J. Lohr Gesture Zinfandel was harvested the last week of October.