2019 J. Lohr Gesture GSM Rhone Blend
Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2022
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Enjoy the best fruit expression within 3 years or look for Old World charm near a decade from the vintage date.3 Years
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.
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
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.
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.