2014 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the premiere wine labels from the Central Coast, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, named for Jerry Lohr, pioneer in planting vineyards in both Monterey and in Paso Robles.
Fortunately for those who love Rhones, the family planted lots of Rhone grapes in Paso Robles, mainly choosing hillside sites with limestone soils. Beginning with the 2007 vintage, J. Lohr began the “Gesture” line, a way of thanking their best customers with limited-production wines of high quality and concentration.
From the Gean Vineyard in western Paso Robles, one of J. Lohr’s newest vineyards, planted in 2010, comes richness in spades with this lovely Viognier. True to the varietal, its aromas tend toward the floral, dominated by lychee, honeysuckle, star jasmine and pear blossom, with apricots drying in a warm summer sun. Rich, almost opulent in the mouth, the tropical fruits and pear butter flavors are further amped by ripe apricot and custard. It has 6% Roussanne and 1% Grenache Blanc for depth. It would be awesome with curry or any spicy Indian food.