2020 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Blanc
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Wine & Spirits, Spring 2022
Pale yellow in color, the 2020 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Blanc offers aromas of apple blossom, jasmine, lemongrass, and Asian pear. These aromas are complemented by the elegant, balanced palate of ripe green apple, lemon zest, a hint of green papaya, with smooth minerality and a long, textured finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Enjoyable now and will age well through 2025.5 Years
Enjoy as an aperitif with soft cheeses such as Camembert, or with an entrée of Bouillabaisse, Moroccan tagine, or grilled-lemon mahi mahi.
Fermentation: In barrel and poly tank for an average of 10 days
Maturation: In neutral acacia barrels French barrels, poly tank for 6 months
The spring of the 2020 vintage in western Paso Robles was moderate compared with recent vintages; minimal irrigation was applied until the heat of early September. For this blend of Grenache Blanc, we harvested the block in two picks, to optimize flavor development - differing flavors and textures were found on each side of the vine. Hand harvesting of the grapes took place on September 24th and October 2nd, 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. 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 and well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, this vineyard’s terroir is a perfect match for growing Grenache Blanc. The warm days with southern and western exposures on this hillside property help to naturally develop ripe, lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for hangtime, giving the wines power and depth.