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2013 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié

VINTAGE
Valdiguié is a very large-berried variety, requiring extra vigilance from our Greenfield vineyard team to prune to only one bud per spur and to aggressively thin any extra shoots pushing from the cordon. Otherwise, yields are too high and ripening becomes difficult for this late-maturing variety. In our winemaking, the goal is to preserve the varietal’s wonderful natural acidity and fresh fruit character. We incorporate two different fermentation techniques to achieve this. In 2013, we hand-picked roughly a quarter of the fruit and put those whole clusters directly into the fermenters in a winemaking process called carbonic maceration – no yeast or pumping over of the whole clusters is performed. The other techniques include gently de-stemming the fruit going to the fermenter, pumping over and extracting with fairly short, warm fermentations. These processes give the wine a remarkable similarity to the wines of Beaujolais, with enticing berry fruit flavors, a vibrant color and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged in order to preserve bright acidity and fruit character.


VINEYARD
Our Valdiguié is grown on Chualar loam soil in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Originally thought to be the Gamay Noir grape of France’s Beaujolais winegrowing region, U.C. Davis has since identified this grape to be Valdiguié from an area in the southwest of France. Regardless of its origin and identity, Valdiguié grown in the windy, cold Arroyo Seco produces a wine reminiscent of the “Crus” of Beaujolais - Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Valdiguié
Harvest Date: October 28th, 29th & 30th, 2013
Brix at Harvest: 20.6° Brix average
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel, 79% traditional red wine fermentation to 85°F and 11% carbonic maceration (whole cluster fermented)
  Maceration: Traditional fermentation portion was just 4 days on skins while the carbonic maceration was 14 days to pressing
  Maturation: Aged 4 months in stainless steel tanks
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.33
  Total Acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 11.5% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.65 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Best enjoyed within four years

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
The vibrant 2013 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié is red-purple in color with profuse fresh fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry and red currant. The complexion on the palate is equally bright, dominated by pomegranate and raspberry, with a light peppery finish. Drink your last bottle just in time for the release of the new vintage! Serve chilled.
-Steve Peck, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Perfect with duck confit salad or as a complement to a charcuterie plate of Serrano ham, peppered salami, cornichon and hard cheese.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Fresh fruit aromas of cherry and red currants with a sweet, peppery finish. Served chilled.

Price: $10.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
A cool climate prevailed in 2011, much like the 2010 season, which had been 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, 2011. Winter rainfall had provided sufficient soil moisture for rapid springtime growth of the vines after the setback of the early frost. We saw fewer clusters with larger berries, which pushed the wines toward a softer tannin profile. Vineyard yields were down considerably, averaging just 2.5 tons per acre in most blocks. Our standard practice was to stop irrigation of the Cabernet vines just after fruitset in early June and wait eight weeks or more until the soil ran out of moisture in early 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 2011 vintage. This edition of J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon delivers on its promise to be dense and soft with a great fruit signature.


VINEYARDS
Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed with chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, 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, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 1% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 27 to November 5, 2011
Process: Select-picked and sorted
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 24.8°, total acidity 0.54 g/100ml, pH 3.60
Vinification: Yeast: Lalvin ICV-D254 yeast was isolated by Dominique Delteil of the ICV from a Rhône Valley Syrah fermentation and is known for developing ripe fruit flavors and a big mid-palate mouthfeel with intense fruit concentration
Fermentation:  Primary fermentation in open-top and conventional stainless steel tanks
Temperature: Peak fermentation at 92°F
Maceration: 7 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, very tight grain
Coopers: Demptos, Sylvain, Remond, DJ
Post-Maturation: Release date January 2014
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.20 % by vol
Residual Sugar: 0.001 g/100ml (dry)
Cases Produced: 17,500 cases (35,000 six packs)
Cellaring: Rich intense fruit upon release, with structure to age comfortably for 5 to 7 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is darkly-colored with a red-purple hue. Varietal aromas of violet and ripe black plum are complemented by hazelnut, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. The dense but approachable mid-palate is followed by a round, intense fruit finish.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye, roasted potatoes and asparagus.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of violet, ripe black plum and hazelnut. Round, intense fruit finish.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2011 was second only to 2010 as the coolest vintage in a decade for the Santa Lucia Highlands. The young vines that produced our second vintage of Highlands Bench Pinot Noir were shoot-thinned and leafed early in the season, with crop levels of just 1 ton per acre. The cool summer period was complemented by a warm trend at the end of September, which caused elevated sugar levels. We were pleased that the final picking decision was made during a moderate period on the 17th and 18th of October, resulting in a deliciously ripe wine with the complex flavors appreciated by true pinotphiles like ourselves.


VINEYARDS
Our 2011 Highlands Bench Pinot Noir comes from the Escolle Road Vineyard, just west of the town of Gonzales in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey. We were invited to partner with a group of friends - Gary Caraccioli, the Nunes and Hiyashi families - in 2006 to establish a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard on the Rianda family property. We participated in soil evaluation, vineyard layout and clone and rootstock selection, ultimately choosing the highest elevations and most gravelly soils for Pinot Noir planting. The Pinot Noir clones selected were Dijon origin 777, 115 and 828, as well as Pommard 4 and Joseph Swan. The vines are spaced at four feet within the row and eight feet between rows in a north-south orientation. The close proximity to Monterey Bay, the eastern slope and aspect, and the elevation above the Salinas Valley floor provide a cool, sunny and ideal environment for growing intensely-flavored Burgundian varietals.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands,
Monterey County
Composition 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Dates: October 17th and 18th, 2011
Process: Hand-picked into half-ton
bins. Destemmed and berry sorted on Mistral System
Harvest Chemistries: 25.2° Brix, pH 3.3,
0.89g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin Distinction and RC-212
Fermentation: Cold-soaked, then fermented in 10-ton open-top tanks with punch downs twice daily
Malolactic: 100% malolactic with Vinifloral Oenos in barrel
Stirring: Barrels stirred every 2 weeks through malolactic completion in February
Post-Stirring: Monthly barrel topping till
bottling
Maturation: Aged in barrel for 9 months
Barrel Type: 228-liter Burgundy barrels, 55% new
Forest: Bertrange
Coopers: Sirugue, Francois Frères, Dargaud & Jaegle, Marcel Cadet
Post-Maturation: 1 year bottle age prior to
release
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.77
Total Acidity: 0.61 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.21 % by vol
Residual Sugar: 0.1 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 2,012 cases (4,024 six-packs)
Cellaring: This wine has the structure to age 6 to 8 years or beyond

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Highlands Bench Pinot Noir is deep fuchsia-red in color, with complex layers of raspberry jam, prickly pear, beeswax and hazelnut aromas. This vintage shows finely-textured tannins with supple fruit on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Delicious with beef carpaccio with pecorino, Thresher shark on a bed of arugula and spring peas, or French onion soup.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Complex aromas of raspberry jam, prickly pear and beeswax with supple fruit on the palate.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2012 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - Sold Out

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s infl uence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall followed by moderate spring and warm summer temperatures. This vintage produced exceptionally dark colored Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal flavors. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Central Coast, CA
Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 5% Valdiguié, 4% Petit Verdot
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.75
  Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.55% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.32 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet is dark purple in the glass with a youthful red hue. The aroma is an attractive mix of ripe black cherry and raspberry, with a bouquet of vanilla and smoky cedar. Round, sweet and crisp on the palate, this Cabernet Sauvignon is serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who simply enjoys a good glass of red wine. This delicious wine pairs well with a range of casual dining options, from burgers, to ossobuco or pasta, and can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared three to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

2010 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon

ARIEL Cabernet Sauvignon is a dealcoholized wine composed of Cabernets from the 2010 vintage, produced in a sustainable winery in Paso Robles, California. After undergoing fermentation in stainless steel cooperage, the wine is separated from the skins, and a portion of it is moved into oak barrels for extended aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold fi ltration, leaving less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
 


TECHNICAL DATA

Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah
Bottling Chemistries:
  Ethanol:  0.5% by volume
  Serving Size: 8 ounces
  Calories: Approximately 52

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
ARIEL oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black currants, cherry, blueberries and chocolate, with soft tannins and a dry fi nish. Enjoy ARIEL Cabernet Sauvignon with beef, lamb and red sauce dishes.

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2010 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Merlot

ARIEL 2010 Merlot is a dealcoholized wine made in a sustainable winery in Paso Robles, California. The fruit was crushed, fermented and aged in stainless steel using traditional red wine methods, and after fermentation, the wine was separated from the skins and moved to small French Oak barrels for aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold fi ltration, leaving less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
 


TECHNICAL DATA

Composition: 75% Merlot; 25% other Bordeaux varietals
Bottling Chemistries:
  Ethanol: 0.05% by volume
  Serving Size 8 ounces
  Cases Produced: 2,100
  Calories: Approximately 50

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
ARIEL 2010 Merlot has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis combined with a white chocolate, clove and oak bouquet from barrel aging. This is a complex dealcoholized wine that makes an ideal accompaniment to beef, lamb and wild game dishes.

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2011 Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward.  The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshing cool, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor. Temperature is critical for development of fragrance, flavor and acidity – too little heat, and grapes rarely ripen, too much and the acidity, delicate and endearing qualities of the grape are lost.  For Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from Monterey Bay and down the Monterey appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating a White Zinfandel with delicate raspberry, strawberry and watermelon aromas and flavors matched with a crisp acidity.  Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright fruit flavors.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:   
Composition: 76% Zinfandel, 15% Gewurztraminer, 9% Orange Muscat
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.14
  Total Acidity: 0.74 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 11.51% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 1.68 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel has a vibrant pink color and bright aromas of fresh strawberries, melon, rose petal and lychee. It is deliciously refreshing in its style, with strawberry and melon fruit fl avors, crisp acidity and a hint of spritz to balance its delicate touch of sweetness. This is an ideal picnic wine that can be enjoyed with spicy Asian dishes, Caribbean cuisine or BBQ.

Price: $6.00 750ml

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2010 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Chardonnay

ARIEL Chardonnay is a dealcoholized wine made in a sustainable winery in Paso Robles, California. Composed of Chardonnays from the 2010 vintage, with an emphasis on tropical fruit character, ARIEL Chardonnay is fermented cold in stainless steel cooperage and small French oak barrels. Once fermentation is complete, it is blended before undergoing more oak barrel aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold filtration, leaving less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

CHARDONNAY
ARIEL 2010 Chardonnay grapes are carefully chosen from a variety of regions in California, with vineyards selected for Chardonnay exhibiting an emphasis on tropical fruit aromas.


TECHNICAL DATA

Composition: 75% Chardonnay, 25% other whites
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.17
  Ethanol: 14.09% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 3.88 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Enjoy now, or wait up to two years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
ARIEL Chardonnay has a distinctive combination of buttery apple and butterscotch characteristics, combined with a toasty French oak bouquet. This nonalcoholic wine should continue to develop complexity as it ages. Enjoy ARIEL Chardonnay with richer seafoods, veal, duck and cream pasta dishes.

 

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall and was the coolest growing season in a decade. This vintage produced exceptionally dark colored Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal flavors. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles
Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah.
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.784
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 12.77% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.36 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet presents an extremely dark purple in the glass with youthful red hues. An attractive mix of ripe black currants and violets describe the aroma, along with a bouquet of spicy cedar, cigar box and tar. The palate is softly dense and rich with a mouthful of varietal Cabernet fruitiness from start to finish. This is a Cabernet serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who enjoys a good glass of red wine. 2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon would be the perfect pairing for a roasted leg of lamb, or osso bucco. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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Clone of 2009 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant – keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 harvest demonstrated absolutely ideal growing conditions. Sparse winter rainfall, followed by a moderately warm spring and summer produced exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal fruit flavors. Our passionate commitment to our red wines from Cypress Vineyards is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


Technical Data

Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Petite Sirah.
Origin: Paso Robles
Total Acidity: 0.60g/100ml
pH: 3.74
Alcohol: 13.85% alcohol by volume
Residual Sugar:   0.3 g/100ml


Winemaker's Comments
 

The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet presents an extremely dark purple in the glass with youthful red hues. An attractive mix of ripe black currants and violets describe the aroma, along with a bouquet of spicy cedar, cigar box and tar. The palate is softly dense and rich with a mouthful of varietal Cabernet fruitiness from start to finish. This is a Cabernet serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who enjoys a good glass of red wine. 2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon would be the perfect pairing for a roasted leg of lamb, or osso bucco. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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