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2019 J. Lohr Gesture GSM Rhone Blend

93 Points Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2022

The 2019 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium weight with a bright garnet hue. Delicate strawberry and watermelon aromas from the Grenache are balanced with black pepper, cola, and savory notes from the Syrah and Mourvèdre in this traditional Southern Rhône- inspired blend. On the palate, bing cherry and cranberry flavors transition to an Old World-style gravelly finish

- Brenden Wood, red winemaker, and Steve Peck, director of winemaking

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 80%

      Grenache

    • 13%

      Syrah

    • 7%

      Mourvèdre

  • Origin

    Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA

  • Cellaring

    Enjoy the best fruit expression within 3 years or look for Old World charm near a decade from the vintage date.

    3 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Our J. Lohr Gesture GSM is especially versatile for food pairing. This blend complements a variety of dishes, from an onion tart to grilled lamb, spicy crab cakes, or a savory vegetable stew.

  • Vinification

    Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters, with light punchdowns daily

    Maturation: 8 months barrel aging prior to bottling

    Barrel Type: 500-liter French oak puncheons, 10% new

    Bottle Aging: 12 months bottle aging prior to release

Vineyards

The primary vineyard source for this blend is our Gean Ranch, which is the westernmost vineyard in the entire Paso Robles AVA. This planting, located in the Adelaida district, was established in 2009. We also blended in Grenache from new plantings on the steep slopes of our McCornack Vineyard, located on Peachy Canyon Road along the southern border of the Adelaida District. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot prior to veraison in order to intensify flavor.

Vintage

Preseason rainfall was higher than normal in 2019 at our Gean Ranch in the mountainous Adelaida District. Total degree growing days were comparable to the past several vintages. We normally see slightly later budbreak in wet years, as was the case in 2019. This delays the phenological stages for the entire vintage, including bloom, veraison, and harvest. It worked to our advantage in 2019, with a long growing season that culminated in hand-harvesting the Grenache component during the first week of November.

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