J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Red Wine - Sold Out

Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice, wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and to prevent development of unwelcome herbaceous characteristics in Bordeaux varieties. A period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. This seems to have imparted a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed vines to full ripeness with harvesting for Cabernet and Petite Sirah in early October.

J. Lohr’s 40th Anniversary Red Wine is a mélange of four varietals from different vineyards in the Paso Robles appellation that come together as a dense, bold blend that recalls J. Lohr’s very first wine produced—a 1974 Petite Sirah. Coming from vineyards surrounding the Paso Robles Wine Center, as well as our vineyards to the north near San Miguel and our vineyards to the south near Creston, we have combined our most popular varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, with the density of Petite Sirah that thrives so well in the warm, dry climate of Paso Robles. For fruit and dimension, we have added Merlot and Malbec, which provide the finishing touches to this celebratory blend. Enjoy!


Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition (Blend): 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot, 3% Malbec
Harvest Dates: September 24th - November 1st, 2012
Harvest Chemistries: 25.6° Brix average, 3.69 pH, 0.45 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
  Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation
in open-top and automated pump-over tanks
  Temperature: Peak temperature of 80°F
  Maceration: 6 day fermentation
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 14 months in barrels
  Barrel type: 40% new French oak barrels
  Forests: Center of France
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Post Maturation: Racked from barrels and lightly fined with isinglass and gelatin
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.73
  Total acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.66% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.26 g/100ml
Cellaring: This dense wine opens up nicely with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.
Cases Produced: 4,108 six-bottle cases

This deep colored blend lays nearly opaque in the glass with just a youthful ring of magenta to brighten its edges. The French oak bouquet of roasted hazelnut blends with savory blackberry reflecting the confluence of the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character. This rich and voluminous wine leaves black fruit and a touch of fine talc on the palate.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes. Try with rosemary lamb chops and roasted fennel.