Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Wine Enthusiast
Author: 
Virginie Boone
Score: 
89 Points

“This co-mingling holds 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot. Juicy blackberry and cassis make up the wine’s fruit component, accompanied by solid structure and tannins, and an unusual sprinkling of coconut macaroon.” 

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Wine Enthusiast
Author: 
Matt Kettmann
Score: 
91 Points
“Cracked pepper and sagebrush aromas give a sense of importance to the more hedonistic scents of buttered blueberries on this top-end bottling from the longtime producer. Black cherries and elderberries arise on the otherwise minty palate, and the tannins prove quite gripping. They will unwind and be best 2018–2022.”
Cellar Selection

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Decanter
Author: 
Stephen Brook, Romain Bourger, Angela Mount
Score: 
91 Points

“Sumptuous black cherry notes and a good deal of oak. The palate is juicy and velvety with dark and red fruit tones and a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. Tannins might need to soften, but it’s still a plush, opulent wine to approach now. Drink 2016-2030.”
Highly Recommended

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Decanter
Author: 
Stephen Brook, Romain Bourger, Angela Mount
Score: 
94 Points

“The nose brings notes of chocolate and toffee as well as a hint of tar and graphite. Full bodied, rich and concentrated with firm tannins – quite chocolatey. A very plush and well-made wine. Drink 2015-2035.”
Highly Recommended 

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Decanter
Author: 
Romain Bourger
Score: 
95 Points
 
“My Top Three” 
2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon  
“A fabulous, complex wine. The mix of red and dark fruit, sweet spices and notes of coffee, leather, cedar and tobacco finished by integrated tannins was a nice surprise. One of the best Cabs I have tasted from Paso Robles.”
Outstanding

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Decanter
Author: 
Stephen Brook

 

“California Cabernet 2011: Expert Summary” 
 
“The sheer number of high-scoring wines proves 2011 is not a write off, and with large-scale producers eclipsing more prestigious estates, there is great value to be found.”
 
“The panel was surprised when the results were disclosed that half of the Outstandings were, by Napa standards, high-volume wines offered at modest prices. But the surprise was a pleasant one. It shows that consumers don’t have to pay extortionate prices for fine California Cabernet. It also indicates that some larger wineries, like Beringer and J. Lohr, are at an advantage in a tricky vintage as they can select the best fruit from their own vineyards and from those that supply them on a contract basis…
 
Given the very high number of Highly Recommended wines, in itself a tribute to the vintage, it’s hard to draw firm conclusions. The panel admired big Napa reds like Darioush, Pahlmeyer, Quintessa, Groth and the three from Robert Craig, but gave comparable scores to more elegant, restrained styles such as the wines from Spottswoode, Mondavi’s To Kalon Reserve and Chimney Rock. Nor were all the top wines from Napa. J. Lohr’s Hilltop Cabernet comes from its 800ha in Paso Robles; by California standards it’s not expensive and it’s wonderful to see such quality spread over 17,000 cases (Lohr’s Napa Cab also excelled).”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
The Toronto Star
Author: 
Gord Stimmell
Score: 
92+ Points
“Affordable Vintages That Won’t Dent Your Wallet”
 
“The first Vintages release of the year on Jan. 10 is a welcome relief from two months of rising holiday-driven prices.
 
In short, I have not seen so many terrific $13, $14 and $15 wines in one big wave since last January. My top five choices for amazing affordable excellence are depicted with bottle images and full reviews here.
 
The Wakefield white is from a Down Under value leader whose reds are often $5 less that comparable reds. Yep, this chard also tastes like a $20-plus wine.
 
Mulderbosch brings Chenin Blanc, a grape variety South Africa wrongly tried to weed out during the global chardonnay revolution, to an artful level. Watch as well for old vine chenins, they can be killer good.
 
The Bersano Gavi is classic. I prefer Gavi any day to pinot grigios, as Gavi so often brims with personality and stands up to a huge range of cuisine.
 
Our Rioja of the day is from Ontanon, who have a huge stable of great Spanish reds that trickle into Ontario. I wish the trickle were a gush, they are so delicious.
 
California provides us with Michael David Incognito, a dance of mainly Syrah but with petite Sirah, carignan, mourvèdre, cinsaut and Grenache in the hopper. Actually, it is a field blend, so the vineyard provides the blending. Very cool and a very European tradition, mainly from the old days.
 
Missing is an Italian gem I could not obtain a bottle shot for, 12 E Mezzo 2012 Primitivo Del Salento (#395053, $13.95, 90), a red joy from Puglia with black cherry, plum, dates, and mocha-accented cherry vanilla layers. It’s actually my best buy red of the entire release!
 
Also amazing is Piazzano 2012 Chianti (#393199, $14.95, 90+) with seductive black cherry, blueberry, red plum, anise and mocha. It’s a super smooth red Tuscan charmer.
 
What, you want a luxury wine? I could only find one worth the price tag, J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (#246918, $49.95, 92+) with lush coconut, violets, black cherry, smoke, anise and plum succulence. This is a single vineyard, small batch from the producer of the ever popular chardonnay. Cheers!”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Cheers
Author: 
Cheers National Wine Panel
Score: 
97 Points
“The Best Wines of 2014”
“Our national wine panel recommends wines throughout the year, typically by varietal or season, and provides brief tasting notes, ratings and the wine’s retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). These are the highest-rated wines for 2014 they have selected. The Cheers national wine panel is comprised of beverage experts from restaurants and retail wine stores around the country.”
2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon – 97 Points; A top-flight wine. Superior in taste and character and providing an outstanding price/value relationship.
“A beautiful, harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Syrah from prime vineyard sites; aged 18 months in oak; smooth, balanced, full-bodied, with rich layers of cherries and blackberries.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Wine Review Online
Author: 
Robert Whitley
Score: 
90 Points

“J. Lohr's Hilltop Cabernet is produced from a selection of vineyards in the Paso Robles district and crafted to have structure and complexity. If you are expecting a fat, weighty Paso Cab you will be disappointed. What you get is a beautifully balanced Paso Cab that offers red and black fruit aromas, hints of mocha and coffee, and a touch of spicy oak. And tremendous bang for the buck.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Cheers
Author: 
Cheers National Wine Panel
Score: 
97 Points

“The Best Wines of 2014”
“Our national wine panel recommends wines throughout the year, typically by varietal or season, and provides brief tasting notes, ratings and the wine’s retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). These are the highest-rated wines for 2014 they have selected. The Cheers national wine panel is comprised of beverage experts from restaurants and retail wine stores around the country.”

2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“A beautiful, harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Syrah from prime vineyard sites; aged 18 months in oak; smooth, balanced, full-bodied, with rich layers of cherries and blackberries.”

A top-flight wine. Superior in taste and character and providing an outstanding price/value relationship.

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