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2006 J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
The 2006 vintage for Hilltop is one of the most exciting in recent years! Although we saw a return to below average rainfall--and with, it smaller clusters and berries--the weather was ideal, with no significant heat events after veraison, with very mild temperatures throughout the entire harvest.  This allowed sugar, flavor and tannin ripeness to occur simultaneously, producing Cabernet Sauvignon with excellent color, generous black cherry and currant fruit flavors and supple structure. We taste the Cabernet fruit every couple of days in Hilltop, waiting for a doughy, berry pie flavor to develop with easily extractable color from the Cabernet skins.  Harvest commenced rather late, with hand picking of Block 55 and 56 starting on October 11th.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County
Composition 90.0% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.6% Petit Verdot, 2.8% Merlot, 2.3% Cabernet Franc, 0.3% Malbec
Harvest Dates: October  11th through 20th, 2006
Process: Hand-harvested, hand-sorted, destemmed and crushed to small, open top, stainless steel fermenters
Harvest Chemistries: 25.7° Brix average, pH=3.83, Total acidity 0.34 g/100 ml
Vinification: Yeast: Lalvin D80 and Lalvin D21
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented
Temperature:To 90°F
Extended Maceration: 14 days
Malo-Lactic: Inoculation and completion in stainless steel
Maturation: 20 months in 80% new French oak barrels
Barrel Type: 80% new French oak Bordeaux Château Ferré-style barrels (60.9 gallons), 20% second fill French oak barrels
Forest: Center of France
Coopers: Tonnellerie Sylvain, Libourne, Tonnellerie Vicard, Bordeaux Demptos, St. Caprais de Bordeaux, Tonnellerie  Bel Air, Bordeaux
Post-Maturation: Rack from barrels, fine and filter to bottle
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.71
Total Acidity: 0.68g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Very dark, red-purple in color with youthful hues, the 2006 J. Lohr  Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has bright enticing aromas of cherries and berries with a bouquet of anise, vanilla and toasted oak. The 2006 Hilltop is a complex wine with a supple, yet ample texture and balance, reminiscent of Bordeaux’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines with the structure to age for 10 to 15 years.

Jeff Meier, winemaker

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2006 J. Lohr Cuvée POM

The inspiration for J. Lohr Cuvée POM comes from the Grand Cru wines of Pomerol in the Right Bank of Bordeaux.  These legendary wines are composed primarily from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with sparse additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Winemaking is given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.


VINTAGE
The 2006 vintage saw a return to below-average rainfall for Paso Robles, and with it came smaller vine canopies, smaller clusters and smaller berries.  But unlike the previous three growing seasons, once veraison started we had very mild weather conditions straight through to harvest, allowing color, flavor and fragrance ripeness to come together simultaneously. Merlot quality from our 2001 planting in our vineyards in Creston continues to impress. We are particularly pleased with the results of the Italian Clones 9, 10, 11 and 12, which offer a wide array of dark fruit and chocolate characters in the base wine with a soft tannin structure. We began harvesting these blocks on September 11th, but it was the last picking on September 20th at 27° Brix.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA
Composition: 62 % Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.72
Alcohol: 15.1% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry
Vinification:

Stainless steel fermented

Malolactic fermentation in French oak

Maturation: 19 Months in French Oak, 100% new
Bottling Date: July 29, 2008

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2006 J. Lohr Cuvée POM has a very dense red-purple color with youthful hues. The aroma is reminiscent of hazelnut chocolate and black cherries with a hint of roasted coffee. The fruit is complemented with well integrated toasty French oak. The palate has a combination of lifted fruit in the mid-palate, leading to a full, well-textured finish. This Merlot has a full, resplendent structure with plenty of room to age. Drink now and enjoy the youthful fruit, or cellar for the next 15 years to allow the silky tannins to be fully revealed. Serve with a rich, flavorful meal such as braised lamb shanks on a bed of polenta.

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2006 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E

The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux.  These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  We are given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.


VINTAGE
The 2006 vintage saw a return to below-average rainfall for Paso Robles, and with it came smaller vine canopies, smaller clusters and smaller berries.  Unlike the previous three growing seasons, once veraison started, we had very mild weather conditions straight through to harvest, allowing color, flavor and fragrance ripeness to come together simultaneously. Cabernet Franc is one of the first Bordeaux varietals to ripen, and although finicky, continues to surprise us with its consistent finish each year as one of our top wines. The distinctive Franc is a mixture of two fermentation lots offering coffee, raspberry and chocolate flavors.  Our 1991 planting of Cab Franc was harvested at 27.3° Brix on October 10th, and two days later, we harvested our newer plantings of clones 214, and 327 at 24.5° Brix.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA
Composition: 58 % Cabernet Franc, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.65
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry
Vinification:

Stainless steel fermented

Malolactic fermentation in 60% new French oak barrels

Maturation: 21 months in new French oak
Bottling Date: July 29. 2008

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2006 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E is dark red-purple in color with aromas of black plum, blueberry and violet, with touches of chocolate, vanilla and toasted oak from twenty-one months aging in new French oak barrels. The wine displays the true varietal nature of Cabernet Franc, with fine-grained tannins and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and maturation time. Palate weight is quite dense due to the generous contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon in this year’s blend. On release, this wine will already have one year bottle age but will develop additional complexity well into the future.  In its youth, Cuvée St. E should be enjoyed with pan-seared filet mignon, or ribeye steak with a berry-infused reduction sauce.  We recommend decanting one hour prior to serving.


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2006 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU

The inspiration for this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux, composed primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot accents. Winemaking is given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.


VINTAGE
The 2006 vintage saw a return to below-average rainfall for Paso Robles, and with it came smaller vine canopies, smaller clusters and smaller berries.  But unlike the previous three growing seasons, once veraison started we had very mild weather conditions straight through to harvest, allowing color, flavor and fragrance ripeness to come together simultaneously. When the grapes reached full maturity, we harvested on October 31st at 26.5° Brix, our last and ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon pick of the 2006 vintage of J. Lohr Cuvée PAU.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA
Composition: 81 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% each of Cabernet Franc and Malbec
Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.62
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry
Vinification: Stainless steel fermented
Maturation: 18 months in new French oak. Preferred Bordeaux coopers include Vicard, Sylvain, and Bel Air.
Bottling Date: July 28, 2008

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2006 Cuvée PAU has a saturated red-purple color with bright hues. The nose is reminiscent of its Bordeaux namesake with black currant, cherry and red currant fruit framed in a cigar box oak signature. The wine displays the full bodied nature of Cabernet Sauvignon alive with curranty fruit and a complete mid-palate structure from both the fruit and extended oak aging. Small percentages of Merlot and Petit Verdot bring softness and youthful color to the blend. On release this wine will already have one year of bottle age but will develop additional complexity well into the next decade. In its youth it should be enjoyed with grilled lamb loin with rosemary and garlic or roasted red meats. We recommend decanting one hour prior to serving.

 

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