Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Houston Chronicle

“Fruit, Tannings Do Their Dance in 4 Picks: California and Argentina are represented by this week’s charmers”
“Two Napa wines, a Bordeaux-style blend and a zinfandel, plus a Paso Robles entry and an Argentine outlier, make up our quartet of picks this week.

Beaulieu Vineyards, of course, is one of Napa's historic properties, and the Tapestry, touted here, has been a consistent winner of late, even eclipsing the BV flagship Georges de La Tour in our recent tastings.

Frank Family Vineyards is making its own history after taking over the space once belonging to valley pioneer Larkmead. J. Lohr has become a reference standard in central California. Argento is a value leader from Mendoza's lofty heights in the Andean foothills.

Unless otherwise stated, the prices listed are what Spec's charges for a cash purchase and bottles were available at the chain's Midtown store at press time or by special order. But that doesn't mean you won't find the wines elsewhere or by ordering directly from the winery.”

2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon – Overall score: 17.9 out of 20 Points (8.9 for quality, 9 for value)
“Our tasters: Gave it a unanimous recommendation with a high score of 9.2. ‘Soft tannins. Good complexity. I tasted ripe plums, herbs and pepper.’

My score: 8.8. The vintage had to deal with unusually cool and wet weather in Paso Robles, but by adjusting the irrigation accordingly, the vines delivered well-ripened fruit in the end. The juice, which includes a tiny bit of syrah, spent 18 months in oak (60 percent new), then another eight months in the bottle before release. Alcohol: 14.6 percent.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Author: 
Laurie Daniel

“Pick of the Week”
2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“J. Lohr’s top cab, made from Paso Robles fruit, is dark, dense and lively, with ample sweet black fruit and dusty tannins on the finish. Drink it with something hearty.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Creators.com
Author: 
Robert Whitley
Score: 
94 Points

“J. Lohr can hang with the best of them when it's hitting on all cylinders, as it does with this 2010 Hilltop Cabernet. It's everything anyone could want in a Paso Cab, delivering layers of black-fruited aroma, sweet tannins and vanillin spice. This vintage is voluptuous yet structured and while it might improve over the next several years if cellared, it is beautiful at the moment. This may well be the finest $35 Cabernet Sauvignon in America.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

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

“J. Lohr can hang with the best of them when it's hitting on all cylinders, as it does with this 2010 Hilltop Cabernet. It's everything anyone could want in a Paso Cab, delivering layers of black-fruited aroma, sweet tannins and vanillin spice. This vintage is voluptuous yet structured and while it might improve over the next several years if cellared, it is beautiful at the moment. This may well be the finest $35 Cabernet Sauvignon in America.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Global Traveler
Author: 
Eunice Fried

“California, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines: Jerry Lohr was among the first to envision the Central Coast’s wine-growing potential”
“The man accomplished so much I could write a column about that alone. But Jerry Lohr is a modest man. He would much rather talk about his wines. He would much rather compliment his winemaker, Jeff Meier.
In fact, Jerry Lohr, after successful careers as a civil engineer; a captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a research scientist at NASA; and later, in civilian life, as a building entrepreneur, was an early pioneer in California’s Central Coast. He planted vineyards there, in Monterey County, in the 1970s, years before it was recognized as a viable wine region. Having grown up on a farm in South Dakota, he understood the need to plant each grape variety in the soil and climate best suited to it. To have so many growing possibilities, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines now spreads over more than 3,700 acres in the Central Coast and Napa Valley. It is one reason the winery can produce such fine wines. And it sells them at fair prices.
Among his current wines is a 2011 Chardonnay from Monterey’s Arroyo Seco area. The result of a particularly cool vintage, it is bright yellow, showing pear and other fruit flavors, a light toastiness, fine balance and attractive acidity.
His Riesling 2012 is pale, with an aroma of peach and apricot plus lovely floral tones. It is crisp with a light, fetching sweetness. Overall, a delightful wine and only $10.
Lohr’s Pinot Noir 2011, also from Arroyo Seco grapes, is impressive indeed. The cold weather and low yield of 2011 were ideal conditions for Pinot Noir. The result is a rather deep-colored wine with a beautiful bouquet of berries.
The grapes for Syrah 2011 come from warmer Paso Robles. Darkshaded with a whiff of black pepper and toast in the nose, medium body and supple texture add up to a quintessential Syrah.
The aroma of Lohr’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 jumps out of the glass, mingling dark berries, fruits and nuts. It is ripe, full-bodied and well balanced.
As for Jerry Lohr’s other accomplishments — which include his ethical practices and his many honors and awards — as I said in the opening paragraph, that would take up a page, or more, in itself.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

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

“Lush, deep and smooth with dense plum, blackberry and spice; rich, lively and balanced with vivid flavors and a long, mellow finish. 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Syrah.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Decanter
Author: 
Decanter Tasting Panel
Score: 
89 Points; Recommended

“California Cabernet 2010”
“This great wine state offers some of the world’s best expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 is perfect for showcasing the more elegant style emerging.”

“The Results”
“A fresh, elegant and charming California Cabernet vintage that should have fans of Bordeaux rushing to their merchants – if only the wines were more readily available and affordable.”

2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
“Fragrant pencil-lead note with plummy fruit and brawn. Tannins are firm but there is an underlying fruit structure with considerable complexity. 2014-2025.”

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Decanter
Author: 
Decanter Tasting Panel
Score: 
90 Points; Highly recommended

“California Cabernet 2010”
“This great wine state offers some of the world’s best expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 is perfect for showcasing the more elegant style emerging.”

“The Results”
“A fresh, elegant and charming California Cabernet vintage that should have fans of Bordeaux rushing to their merchants – if only the wines were more readily available and affordable.”

2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“Bold, bright, ripe fig and blackberry aromas. Juicy fruit on the palate is integrated with bitter chocolate and eucalyptus notes. Not the most subtle wine, but it’s lavish and long with lots of energy. Drink 2016-2030.”

2010 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
The Toronto Star
Author: 
Gord Stimmell
Score: 
92 Points

“Take a Sip of the Best-Value Wines of the Year”
“Outstanding at Vintages all the time are:”
2010 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

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