J. Lohr 2013 Petite Sirah, Tower Road, Paso Robles
The vineyards surrounding Tower Road, in the Estrella and San Miguel districts of Paso Robles are where Petite Sirah thrives on the well-drained yet heavier clay soils. The rarity of autumn rains in Paso Robles allows this tight-clustered variety to reach full maturity almost every year, without the risk of bunch-rot that exists in damper regions and the intense summer sun and warm daytime temperatures are balanced by the gentle afternoon breezes from the Monterey Bay and the Templeton Gap, preserving the acidity and bright fruit character. The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before fermentation in open-top tanks. The wine aged 16 months in 80% new French oak Burgundy export barrels. This wine scored 95 points from Wine Review Online. They said "J. Lohr made a big splash at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, with four Platinum Awards. This Petite Sirah shows power and grace, with deep blackberry, plum, vanilla and brown spice aromas leading to a mouthful of structured tannins, blue and black berry fruit, subtle pepper and moderate oak toast. This is a long term ager, or you can give it a long decant now and serve it with moderate strength cheeses. Very solid Petite Sirah!"