“J. Lohr is a Rising Star from Paso Robles”
“Paso Robles, Spanish for the ‘Pass of Oaks’ and simply referred to as ‘Paso’ by the locals, is located in San Luis Obispo County, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s stunning Central Coast. Paso Robles has 26,000 acres under vine and is home to over 200 wineries. The most commonly grown grape is the cabernet sauvignon, and the fact that over 40 percent of all juices are ‘cab’ makes sense with the large swing of climate changes of the area.
My favorite, a rising star from the region, is J. Lohr Vineyards. They have been producing wines from this region since 1974. Jerry Lohr started with 280 acres, and now has over 900 acres in Monterey and 2,000 in Paso Robles.
Their 2011 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth and easy to drink, or I should say ready to drink for those of you who like to enjoy a glass after work or any time. For me, I would pair this with a hearty meat dish such as spare ribs or even a beef stroganoff. I rather enjoy reds with a meal, never alone — but to each his own.
The quality of the 2011 vintage is apparent in the wine’s density and strong regional expression of black cherry and blackberry fruit, and soft tannins. I first discovered J. Lohr simply by luck; I was in Paso Robles on a weekend getaway and invited to go wine tasting. Some ten years later the secret seems to be out on these great Paso Robles wines, but I am OK with that. Is the 2011 J. Lohr as good as my Jan. 25 review of the Ghost Block Cab? No, but you can get three bottles of J. Lohr for the price of one Ghost Block. Enjoy!” Dills Score: 90