J Lohr 7 Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
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Founder Jerry Lohr is considered to be one of California’s Central Coast winemaking pioneers; in the early ’70s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils- ideal for Chardonnay. In the ’80s, he realized the potential for growing Bordeaux varietals in Paso Robles, given the area’s rich spoil and diurnal temperature swings. With 1,400 acres in Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands, 2,700 acres in Paso Robles, and 30 acres in Napa Valley (Carol’s Vineyard, specifically), J. Lohr was established some five decades ago and still remains family owned today. Producing a diverse palette of sustainably-farmed fruit, the winery intends to craft wines showcasing bold, concentrated flavours with a vibrant sense of place.
On the nose, aromas of black currant, plum, and black cherry are lifted by a bouquet of vanilla, toasted pastry,and spice. On the palate, bursting flavours of primary fruit and a broad, rich tannin structure. Pair with a variety of red meats, game, or a selection of different cheese.
Made from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah, the grapes come from their estate vineyard with varying soils of gravelly clay loam to limestone-based over a relatively small parcel of land. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, malolactic fermentation completed in 20% new American oak barrels, with the balance in stainless steel. The wine matures for 12 months 227 L American oak barrels, 22% new.