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2020 J. Lohr Gesture RVG Rhone Blend

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90 Points JebDunnuck.com, October 2021

The 2020 J. Lohr Gesture RVG presents youthful pale yellow and green hues. The delicate nose offers aromas of honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, ripe apple, and honeydew melon. These flavors expand on the palate with ripe white peach, tangerine, and minerality, with balanced texture and a long finish.

— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 51%

      Roussanne

    • 37%

      Grenache Blanc

    • 12%

      Viognier

  • Origin

    Adelaida District, Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA

  • Cellaring

    This wine is enjoyable now and will age gracefully through 2026.

    6 Year
  • Food Pairings

    Pairs well with an arugula salad with fennel and citrus vinaigrette, roasted halibut with lemon tarragon butter sauce, toro sushi, or with soft cheeses such as herbed Boursin, goat cheese, or Havarti.

Vintage

The spring and summer of 2020 were moderate, temperature-wise, in Paso Robles. Minimal irrigation was necessary until the heat of early September. Harvest began on September 24th with the Grenache Blanc and Viognier, continuing for another fourteen days until the last of the Roussanne was picked. The resulting wine is a blend of 3 specific wines chosen from several subtle picks. The 2020 J. Lohr Gesture RVG reflects the creative efforts of both the vineyard and winemaking teams with an elegantly complex, yet subtle Rhône white blend.

Vineyard

The grapes for the Gesture RVG are sourced from our Gean Vineyard in the Adelaida District. 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 with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, this vineyard’s terroir is a perfect match for growing Roussanne, Viognier, and 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.

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