2019 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Blanc
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Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Enjoyable now and will age well through 2024.5 Years
Enjoy as an aperitif with fromage blanc or gruyère, or with an entrée of Bouillabaisse or grilled halibut.
Fermentation: In barrel and poly tank for an average of 13 days
Maturation: In acacia barrels and poly tank for 7 months
The spring of 2019 in western Paso Robles was cool compared with recent vintages. Minimal irrigation was applied during most of the growing season until the heat of early September. For this blend of Grenache Blanc, we harvested the block in two picks, to optimize flavor development due to different sun exposures on each side of the vine. Hand harvesting of the grapes took place on September 19th and October 8th, resulting in a refreshing, intriguing, and complex blend.
The grapes for the Gesture Grenache Blanc are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles. Planted in 2010, it is the westernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, the terroir of this vineyard is a perfect match for growing 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.