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2011 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

VINTAGE
Cool weather prevailed in 2011, much like the 2010 season, which was the coolest in a decade. Low yielding secondary shoots grew to replace frost damaged primary shoots after a defining hard frost hit the area on April 8th. Winter rainfall had provided sufficient soil moisture for rapid springtime growth of the vines after the setback of the early frost. Fewer clusters with larger berries was the norm, pushing toward a softer tannin profile in the wines. We employed our standard practice of ceasing irrigation after fruitset in early June and waiting 8 weeks or more until vines began to run out of soil moisture before resuming irrigation in August. We saw seeds turn hard and brown, while flavor in the berries shifted from herbal to fruity as a result of this water stress exercise. The inclusion of 11% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot provides a hint of hibiscus and banana peel to the blend. This 2011 Los Osos Merlot reflects a union of these primary fruit and floral characters with crafted oak flavors from a full year of barrel aging at the winery.


VINEYARDS
Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and Arbuckle- Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these welldrained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


TECHNICAL DATA

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 84% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates:  September 27th - October 12th, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 24.8° Brix avg
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  Malolactic: 100%
  Maturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak
  Barrel type: American oak from Missouri forests, medium-plus toast with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.71
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.94% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.12 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Showing well upon release, with the potential to age up to five years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Savory fruit aromas of black plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of cocoa and cedar. Our winemaking style and use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves ripe, soft tannin on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
An excellent pairing for cheese tortellini or herb-roasted chicken.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Savory fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate integrated with a barrel signature of cocoa and cedar.

Price: $17.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier - Sold Out

VINTAGE
The 2012 vintage started out very much like 2010 and 2011, with below average spring and early summer temperatures and plenty of cloud cover. Fortunately the weather during flowering was favorable, leading to a uniform fruit-set with ideal yields. In early August, at the time of veraison, the weather began to warm up, diverging from the cold 2010 and 2011 vintages. From veraison to harvest we saw temperatures moving back to historical averages. This late season heat allowed for the full development of ripe flavors and perfect natural acidity.


VINEYARD
The grapes for the 2012 Gesture Viognier were sourced from J. Lohr’s Gean Vineyard. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is one of Jerry Lohr’s newest vineyards and is the western-most vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône area, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, make this vineyard ideal for Viognier. The warm days, with south and west exposures on this hillside vineyard, help to naturally develop ripe, lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for hang time, giving the wines power and depth.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal: 91% Viognier, 9% Roussanne
Harvest Date: September 13 - 20, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night and whole cluster pressed
Harvest chemistries: Brix 24.2°, pH 3.58, total acidity 0.63 g/100ml
   
Vinification  
  Yeast: VL1 and VL2
  Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
  Maceration: None
  Maturation: In French oak and stainless steel barrels for 7 months, with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2012 until March 2013.
   
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.20 g/100ml
  Cases Produced: 484
Cellaring Drink now through 2017

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Subtle aromas of lemon curd, tangerine peel and honeysuckle flow seamlessly into layers of citrus and stone fruit flavors. The rich palate is balanced by supple acidity and lingering minerality.”
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
The 2012 Gesture Viognier complements aromatic spices like coriander, ginger, cinnamon and allspice found in Carribean and Indian cuisine. Chèvre, Gouda, double and triple cream cheeses, and dried fruits and nuts are a natural fit.

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2011 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
Cool weather prevailed in 2011, much like the 2010 season, which was the coolest in a decade. Low yielding secondary shoots grew to replace frost damaged primary shoots after a defining hard frost hit the Paso Robles area on April 8th. Winter rainfall provided sufficient soil moisture for rapid springtime growth of the vines after the setback of the early frost. Fewer clusters with larger berries was the norm, pushing toward a softer tannin profile in the wines. Our vineyard yields were down considerably, averaging just 3 tons per acre in most blocks. We employed our standard practice of stopping irrigation after fruitset in early June and waiting 8 weeks or more until vines began to run out of soil moisture before resuming irrigation in August. This prompted seeds to harden and brown early, and perhaps more importantly shifted flavor in the berries from herbal to fruity in this distinctly cool vintage. The 2011 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon offers the dense fruit signature we expect from Paso Robles “Cab”.


VINEYARDS
The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah
Harvest Dates: Cabernet Sauvignon from September 17 to November 10, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 24° Brix average
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks with peak temperatures reaching 92°F
 
 
Malolactic: Stainless steel tanks and barrels, using Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 12 months aging in traditional oak barrels
  Barrel type: Primarily Missouri and Minnesota American oak with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.76
  Total Acidity: 0.63 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.7% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.22 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Deliciously soft upon release, with adequate structure to age up to six years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Ripe fruit aromas of black plum, blueberry and cherry mix with a bouquet of toasted pastry, anise, and vanilla from a year of barrel aging. Mature and round on the palate, the cool 2011 vintage has a high toned fruit signature and soft finish.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
This wine is an excellent companion to grilled beef, Italian sausage lasagna or dark chocolate truffles.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Black plum and high toned cherry notes with a lovely bouquet of toasted pastry, anise and vanilla.

Price: $17.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of very cool years, which began in 2010. We were only 9 degree days warmer than 2011, with 2209 degree days versus 2200 for 2011. 2012 began with an even colder winter and earlier growing season temperatures than either 2010 or 2011. Fortunately, unlike ‘10 and ‘11, we saw favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set and dry weather from April through October, ensuring a uniform crop load and decreased mildew pressure despite the cool temperatures. The 2012 harvest appeared to be trending late until a short but substantial late September heat wave nudged the Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc over the finish line. The September heat pushed the flavor profile through the grassy and into the passion fruit, lemon grass and grapefruit profile, while maintaining a bright and refreshing acidity.


VINEYARDS
The grapes for the Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc are grown in the well-drained, sandy, cobblestone soils deposited by the Arroyo Seco River. These rugged soils keep yields in check and produce fruit with varietal intensity, minerality and exceptional weight. The long, cool growing season of the Arroyo Seco appellation ensures that the fleeting exotic fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are retained, along with vibrant natural acidity. The Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be an expression of pure varietal character, influenced only by its terroir, and gently guided by minimal farming and winemaking practices.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition Blend: 99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Viognier
Harvest Dates: Sep. 25 - Oct. 3, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 24.5° Brix average
Vinification:  
  Maturation: Aged 8 months in tank, wood barrels and stainless steel barrels
  Barrel type: New Acacia wood barrels
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.27
  Total Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.8% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.25 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now or within the next one to two years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Bright aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and boxwood highlight this bright, crisp but well structured Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Arroyo Seco appellation. By fermenting part of the blend in new Acacia wood barrels, a rich textural component was developed to play off of the varietal brightness achieved with stainless steel aging of the remaining portion.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Serve with fresh oysters, shrimp ceviche with lime, chilis and melon salsa or a spring green salad with Chèvre and citrus.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A bright, crisp and well-structured wine with flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and boxwood.

Price: $14.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

VINTAGE
Cool weather returned in 2011, much like the previous season which had been the coolest vintage in a decade. The winter season provided above average rainfall to the region and created great optimism among Paso Robles winegrape growers, until a widespread frost event on April 8th levied a 30% crop penalty on most varieties. Syrah, being an early budbreak variety, was not immune to this frost damage and yields were less than 3 tons per acre overall. Cool summer weather and low crop levels favored bigger vine canopies and great color development, even in warmer sites. Only 15 days registered temperatures greater than 100°F during the 2011 season in Paso Robles. This was the lowest number of hot days since 1997. Our restrictive vineyard irrigation methods at J. Lohr helped to render ripe seeds and to shift aromatics from white pepper to blue fruit in the final wine, in spite of the overall cool season.


VINEYARDS
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a south-facing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 26th thru November 6th, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 24.9° Brix, pH 3.57, total acidity 0.56g/100ml
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic 
  Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels
  Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 18% new
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.85
  Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.91% by volume 
  Residual Sugar:0.02 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Bright and fruit-driven at release; a softer and more complex palate will emerge over 5 years of aging.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Varietal aromas of pomegranate, black tea and blueberry are lifted by barrel aging on the lees in a blend of American and French oak barrels. Restrained notes of vanilla and a lean tannin structure are evident in this bright, fruit-driven Syrah.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Try with Ancho chile shrimp pasta, duck confit or rare sesame-crusted Ahi tuna.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Black tea and blueberry aromas with a lean tannin structure.

Price: $15.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

VINTAGE
2012 continued the succession of cool years which began with 2010. We were only 9 degree days warmer than 2011 in 2012 - 2200 versus 2209 - but in reality the 2012 growing season was cooler, with cold winter weather and a very cool early growing season. Again our vineyard managers were put to the test of fighting mildew pressure from the cool, moist, maritime air and proper management of crop load and sun exposure. Harvest was trending extremely late, but was aided by three very warm days at the beginning of October. For Riesling, ripeness came together just a few days shy of Halloween, with fragrant pear, apricot and floral aromas, bright acidity and a hint of honey from Botrytis.


VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling are grown in well-drained Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco River. The winds of the Salinas Valley extended the growing season, and the fruit retains its natural grape acids. Our primary goal with this varietal is to evoke the purest manifestation of fruit from the vineyard, enhanced by a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel to showcase the grape’s character.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 92% White Riesling,
7% Gewurztraminer
1% Orange Muscat
Harvest Date: October 25 and 26, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 23.2° average
Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.1
Alcohol: 12.50% by volume
Residual Sugar: 1.88 g/100 ml
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel tanks post-fermentation

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Bay Mist White Riesling is a youthful, brassy yellow color with attractive aromas of apricot, lychee, pear and white flowers. The flavors are very clean and bright with apricot, pippin apple and lychee fruit balanced by a dollop of natural grape sweetness and crisp acidity.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Enjoy this as an aperitif, or pair with Pacific Rim cuisine such as Thai chicken or beef satay, or Cuban barbeque.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Fragrant aromatics of apricot, lychee nut, pear and white flowers, with a balance of sweet and tart flavors.

Price: $10.00 750ml
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2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

HONORING A LEGACY
Four years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol, who was the muse for Jerry’s Napa Valley vineyard, passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer. Since, the Lohr family has been working to curtail the impact of breast cancer in the lives of other families.

TOUCHING LIVES, ONE TOAST AT A TIME 
In 2009, we set out to provide 500 mammograms for women in need by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With more than 2,500 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our initial goal and need you to help us surpass the 3,000 mark by enjoying our wines, knowing that every bottle you and your loved ones purchase helps make a difference for those touched by cancer.  As we partner again with NBCF for the fourth year in a row, we will continue to expand our efforts to raise money in support of early detection, which has been proven to save lives.

WE'RE ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE
Women often go above and beyond in caring for the health and safety of loved ones, but in the process, don’t take care of their own needs. With 2013 marking the campaign’s 5th year, J. Lohr is inspiring women to take the reins on their health by getting active, by finding ways to lower stress and by doing the things they love. An important part in the fight against breast cancer is the empowerment of women to be their own advocates for health and wellness, improving chances of early detection and ultimately, survival.

For more on NBCF’s Early Detection Plan, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breastcancer/Early-Detection-Plan.aspx
 


VINTAGE
Normal winter rains returned to Napa Valley in the spring of 2010, after three years of drought. The cool, mild, growing conditions were favorable for flowering and setting a crop, albeit 2 weeks later than average. Cool summer temperatures further contributed to the late arrival of veraison, but were shortly followed by the season’s first heat spike the final week of August that greatly dehydrated the most exposed clusters on weaker vines. Cool weather prevailed through mid-September prior to a welcomed warm spell at the end the month that ripened the fruit on the parts of the ranch with thin soils. A second warm spell in October pushed the Cabernet on heavier soils to ripeness. The highly-concentrated phenolics in the 2010 vintage led us to employ shorter maceration times in the winemaking plan and to exclude press fractions from this wine, which shows dense structure and a ripe floral fruit signature.

Cases produced: 4,535 six-pack cases
A big wine in its youth, with a 10-year-plus aging aptitude


VINEYARD
Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena, comprised of 16.4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309 rootstock). The well-drained, gravelly, sandy loam soil and Bordeaux-like climate of the Napa Valley is ideally suited to produce luxury-quality Cabernet fruit.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley
Composition: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: October 2nd to 14th, 2010
Process: Hand-picked into half-ton bins and berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 25.4° Brix, total acidity 4.58, pH 3.58
Vinification: Yeast: Lallemand D-254
Fermentation: 6 ton open-top tanks using
delestage and punchdowns
Temperature: Peak to 95°F cap temperature
Maceration: 1 day cold soak, followed by 6 days fermentation
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels
Maturation: 18 months in French oak
barrels - 60% new
Barrel Type: 60 gallon Bordeaux export
Forests: Center of France, Allier
Coopers: Sylvain, Bel Air, Saury
Post-Maturation: Aged 9 months prior
to release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.63
Total Acidity: 0.65g/l00ml
Alcohol: 14.39% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Inviting black cherry, licorice and hazelnut aromas lead the 2010 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon tasting experience. Juicy, floral fruit and a big mid-palate structure best describe the vintage. Perhaps a greater aging aptitude than any previous vintage.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Excellent with grilled rib-eye steak with rosemary and shallots, or a roasted pork loin with porcini mushrooms and fennel.

Price: $40.00 750ml

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2011 Painter Bridge Zinfandel

VINTAGE
Like many works of art, the 2011 Painter Bridge Zinfandel was designed with an eye towards good composition. The fruit for this wine comes from four Paso Robles Zinfandel blocks and is blended with a wonderfully soft and spicy Petite Sirah, which offers body and palate structure. Each lot of Zinfandel was fermented separately, extracting the nuances of the individual vineyard blocks and drawing out a supple texture. Painter Bridge Zinfandel is awash with the gorgeous red fruit characters of the Zinfandel grape, and has been stylized to accent the delicate fruit without overpowering it with too much oak.

Enjoy in its youth, or lay down for up to five years


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  California
Composition: 83% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.51
  Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.1% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.06 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This 2011 Painter Bridge Zinfandel shows great color with a youthful red hue. The aromas are of ripe, brambly loganberry fruit with raspberry confection, black tea, vanilla and dark chocolate. The palate delivers crisp, red fruit with good volume and roundness, along with that unique peppery quality that zinfandel is known for.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with pasta puttanesca, pizza or grilled meats.

Price: $7.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2011 was in many ways a repeat of the 2010 season, which was the coolest vintage we’ve seen in the Arroyo Seco appellation in the past decade. Moderate autumn weather allowed ample hang time, which enabled great flavor development with less sugar accumulation than in most years. This was ideal for expressing Pinot Noir varietal character with modest alcohol and nice acidity in the finished wine.


VINEYARDS
Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is produced from cool climate grapes grown in select vineyards within and surrounding the Arroyo Seco region of central Monterey County. This region has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Over the past decade, the introduction of Dijon clones of Pinot, along with the old standby Pommard clone, has dramatically increased the quality of the varietal here. These newer clones are the backbone of this release of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which has made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from vertabrate pests while preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey County, California
Composition: 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Valdiguié
Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100ml
pH at Bottling: 3.79
Alcohol: 13.63% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.4 g/100ml
Vinification: Fermented as 6-ton and 12-ton lots in open-top punchdown tanks, 5 to 10 days with light pumpovers and daily punchdowns. Temperatures peaking at 95°F rendered a high, complex color in the wine.
Maturation: Matured in stainless steel with a minimal fraction aged in French oak barrels
Harvest Dates: September 26- November 9, 2011

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is darker and denser than preceeding vintages, owing to the cool growing conditions that year. Aromas of cherry preserves, violet and crème brulée lead to a rich, soft palate. Acidity is clean and invites a wide range of food pairings.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with pan-seared Ahi tuna with sesame, smoked salmon on savory crackers, or a cheese plate with Humboldt Fog.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of cherry preserves, violet and crème brulée lead to a rich, soft palate.

Price: $17.00 750ml



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2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest vintage Paso Robles has seen in a decade. With winter rainfall nearly 50% above normal, and growing degree days lagging, we had concerns this vintage may not completely ripen. This cool seasonal trend provided an ideal challenge for our progressive approach to vineyard irrigation that imposes ceasing irrigation in mid-June, just after fruitset. We monitored vine water status weekly in each block to precisely determine when soil profiles had dried out, and vines were in need of watering. Initially, we expected that a 3 to 5 week “dry-down” would be possible, but in 2010, most of our resourceful vines did not reach significant water stress until a full 2 months had passed without irrigation. This dramatic approach in our vineyards induced the vines to stop vegetative growth early in the season, and drove rapid seed maturity and tannin maturation in this cool vintage. This allowed Hilltop Cabernet to continue to live up to its reputation for being dense, soft and never green.


VINEYARDS
Our Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long days of intense sunshine, near 100°F temperatures, and chilly, ocean-cooled nights where fifty-degree temperature swings are not uncommon, our Cabernet vines struggle to survive in the parched, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, producing the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles AVA,
San Luis Obispo County County, CA
Composition 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 27 to 30, 2010
Process: Select picked and sorted
Harvest Chemistries: 25.3° Brix, 3.56 pH, total acidity 0.42 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Lalvin ICV-D80 yeast was isolated by Dominique Delteil of the ICV in 1992 from the Côte Rôtie area of the Rhône Valley for its ability to ferment musts high in sugar and polyphenols.
Fermentation:  Primary fermentation in open-top and conventional stainless steel tanks
Temperature: Peak fermentation at 92°F
Maceration: 6 days on skins
Malolactic: Malolatic complete with Viniflora Oenos
Maturation: 18 months in 225 liter French oak barrels, 60% new
Barrel Type: French oak, thick stave
Forest: French, very tight grain
Coopers: Sylvain, Demptos, Bel Air, Remond
Post-Maturation: 8 months bottle age prior to
release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.64
Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.56 % by vol
Residual Sugar: Dry
Cases Produced: 10,750 cases (21,500 six packs)
Cellaring: Soft upon release, with structure to age comfortably for 6 to 8 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is darkly-colored with a red-purple hue. Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum are complemented by a bouquet of hazelnut, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Dense and voluminous in structure, this vintage finishes soft, leaving dark fruit on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Wonderful with roasted rosemary pork chops or an herbed beef filet.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a bouquet of
chocolate and hazelnut.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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