J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye and garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel.
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
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This bottling shows accessible aromas of black cherry, toasty oak, grilled teriyaki meat and a hint of purple flowers. The palate brings blackberry and smoked meat flavors framed by tannins that rise up toward the finish.
6% Petit Verdot; 4% Cabernet Franc. In the right places and from the right makers, Paso Robles Cabernet has been making great strides in recent years, and this lovely effort from J.Lohr will go a long way in changing the minds of those who would dismiss the district’s worth as a producer of notable versions. It is a generous, nicely textured, incisively varietal, moderately full-bodied working whose curranty, oak-enriched flavors build and build, and, while still on the young side and certain to be even better with age, it already shows surprising polish and layering. It compares very favorably with its cousins costing two and three time as much, and, as fine Cabernets go, this one is a bona fide bargain
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines was founded more than four decades ago by Jerry Lohr and is still family owned and operated today. Jerry and his team helped pioneer winegrowing on California’s Central Coast. Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines sustainably farms 4,000+ acres of vineyards in the Monterey, Paso Robles, and Napa Valley appellations. The winery produces six distinct tiers of award-winning releases: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Pure Paso™, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Gesture, and J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. The J. Lohr Wine Centers in Paso Robles and San Jose welcome visitors daily.
Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.
Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.
This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.