Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
The Colorado Springs Gazette
Author: 
Rich Mauro

“Finding Value in California Cabs”
“Sweet Spot of Quality/Value”
“These wines are definitely a step up – in price and quality. Yes, we’re now at more than $30 and even $40 a bottle. But if you’re willing to spend your money, these wines will deliver your money’s worth.”
2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“Opens noticeably gravelly and moderately plummy. It’s soft and smooth with succulent fruit and a round finish. Made in an appealing, easy-drinking style.”

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

Publication: 
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Author: 
Stephen Tanzer
Score: 
87 Points

“Full red-ruby. Aromas of plum, black cherry and menthol, along with strong chocolatey oak. Supple and on the simple side, showing moderate intensity and depth to its black cherry, menthol and chocolate flavors. Finishes slightly tart and green, with dusty tannins.”
Very Good to Excellent

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

Score: 
Gold
Competition: 
2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition (National Orange Show Fair)

2011 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Publication: 
Pasadena Star-News
Author: 
Peter Dills

“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

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.”

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