2019 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier
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Wine Enthusiast, June/July 2021
Pale yellow in color, the 2019 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier offers aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle, white peach, and Meyer lemon. These aromas are complemented by the rich, balanced palate of lemon custard, nectarine, ripe orange, and a long, textured finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Enjoyable now and will age well through 20234 Years
Enjoy as an aperitif with Jarlsberg, manchego, or soft cheeses, or with an entrée of chicken curry with apricot, seared scallops, or saffron risotto.
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. We have many subtle differences in the two different sites where Viognier is grown in our Gean Vineyard; Block 14 to the north provides fruit with aromas of linalool, lychee, and Asian spice on its gravelly, weathered sandstone. The harvest for this blend took place on two different picks of that block on September 23rd. Maturity, which is so important for this varietal, was reached at 25.0 Brix while retaining excellent acidity.
The grapes for the Gesture Viognier are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District of western Paso Robles. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is the western-most 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, this vineyard’s terroir 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 wine power and depth.