Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Houston Chronicle
Author: 
Dale Robertson
Score: 
18.5 out of 20 Points

“Four Wines Worthy of the Season”
“Autumn demands some heft, and these offerings deliver”
“Our cooling temperatures and turning leaves – well, a few anyway – are a welcome reminder that we do have seasons in Houston, and our four recommendations are exactly right for this lovely time of year.

Lots of California geography is on display, from Napa and Sonoma down to Paso Robles, but the two cabs, the merlot and the chardonnay share a common bond. They’ve all got heft and gravitas, which autumn weather demands.

Unless otherwise stated, the prices listed are what Spec’s charges for a cash purchase and bottles were available at chain’s Midtown store at press time. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find the wines elsewhere locally or by ordering directly from the winery.”
2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
Our tasters: “Gave it a unanimous recommendation with five scores of 9 or higher. ‘Pronounced black fruit and Asian spices with an intense, delicious finish.’”
My score: “9. It was a rough vintage in Paso Robles like many other places in California, starting with a hard early-spring frost. In the right hands, however, wine that got made was quite good, and this is a prime example. The grapes (petite verdot, malbec and syrah make up a small part of the blend) weren’t harvested until late October and early November. The juice spent 18 months in French oak, 60 percent new. Although fruit-forward now, it should age nicely.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Toronto Star
Author: 
Gord Stimmell

“Powerhouse Red Wines in Latest Vintages Release:”
“As we roll towards the gift-giving season, the LCBO has brought out the big guns.

This is as inevitable as the onslaught of Canadian winter.

As promised, here are the ultimate worthy reds in the latest huge Vintages release.

Cabernet Sauvignon aficionados may enjoy chewing on Penfolds Bin 407 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (#414987, $44.95, 91+) with its big plum, licorice, mocha and blackberry stylings from Down Under. And J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (#686584, $39.95, 92) offers beguiling big blackberry, cherry cola, vanilla, and lush long chocolate accented aromas and flavors.

Think gift giving for someone who drools for great wine.”

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

Publication: 
Wine Review Online
Author: 
Rich Cook
Score: 
91 Points

“This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot shows good concentration of red and black berries, violets and a touch of toffee on the nose, well translated on the palate with good depth and richness. The tannins are in the medium range, making it approachable now and ready to improve with a little more bottle age. I'd pair this with grilled tri-tip in garlic olive oil, salt and pepper.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Red Wine Please!
Author: 
Neil Dubois

“Top Ten Red Wines from the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival”
“Once again it is time to crown the Top Ten Red Wines from the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, in this case the 2014 version of this great event. As always, there was fierce competition for inclusion, and as always, this list represents our favorites and is totally subjective. We consider quality, price, unique characteristics and different wine regions. A wine could be on the list for any one of those factors, or all of them. We tend to not include wines in the $100+ range here, because we don’t buy wines at that price point. That said, we did make the Realm To Kalon Cabernet #1 last year, and that was $150. (You can read about that here) Simply put, it was because it was just that good and we made an exception. You will not see the same exception this year, although we have wines here equal in quality.

As in past years we did not get a chance to try every single wine at the festival, so there is a distinct possibility (and in fact a surety) that we missed something. We’ll also likely list some you did not try even if you went to the Grand Tasting, since some will generally be from the seminars we attended. Everything is fair game.

So here we go, and keep in mind most of these decisions really come down to splitting hairs or an overall impression. You can’t go wrong with any of these.”
2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“I’ve tasted this twice over the past two weeks and it is consistently excellent. This is a rich, round ready to drink now Cabernet that brings depth and a long, smooth finish. It is really a pleasure to drink, and should leave any big red wine fan satisfied. It checks in at about $35.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Author: 
Laurie Daniel

“Pick of the Week”
2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“One of J. Lohr’s top wines from Paso Robles is this dark, dense cabernet sauvignon. The wine displays flavors of black cherry and plum, hints of anise and cedar and drying tannins.”

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

Publication: 
The Tasting Panel
Author: 
Anthony Dias Blue
Score: 
90 Points

“Smooth and lush with spice, ripe plum and cassis; ripe with soft oak and long finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
The Tasting Panel
Author: 
Anthony Dias Blue
Score: 
91 Points

“Smooth, lush and spicy with juicy plum and crisp acidity; mellow, balanced and long. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 1% Syrah.”

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Cheers
Score: 
97 Point

“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.

2011 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Beverage Dynamics
Score: 
97 Points, Five Stars

“A beautiful, harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit 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 Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
California Grapevine
Author: 
Nick Ponomareff
Score: 
89 Points

“Medium-dark to dark ruby; initially subdued, deep, brooding, cassis and black fruit aroma with hints of dark chocolate and sandalwood; full body; rich, textured, toasty, dark berry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Developed with airing in the glass, though still needs several more years of bottle aging to help resolve the tannin.”
Highly recommended

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