The inspiration for this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux, which are composed primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot accents. We are given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.
The 2008 growing season presented signicant challenges on our ranch, as well as to vineyards across California. Spring and autumn frosts coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation, claimed much of the prized crop. Vineyard yields for Cabernet were generally half of normal levels in Paso Robles, averaging under 3 tons per acre. 2008 was the second consecutive vintage of drought in the area, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size significantly. The result was high extract, intensely flavored wines. This vintage of Cuvée PAU reached 28° Brix and yielded a wine with a rich fruit signature and a smooth, dense tannin profile.
|Composition:||95% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Petit Verdot
|Harvest Dates:||October 21, 2008|
|Harvest process:||Hand-harvested into half-ton
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 28.1°, pH 3.42,
total acidity 0.64g/100ml
|Vinification:||Yeast: Uvaferm 43|
|Fermentation: Destemmed fruit was berry-sorted on Mistral system before being crushed and transferred to a 10 ton open-top fermentor|
|Temperature: 4 day cold soak at 55°F, fermentation to peak temperature of 90°F|
|Maceration: 10 days to pressing|
|Malolactic: Viniflora Oenos in barrel|
|Maturation: 21 months in barrel|
|Barrel Type: Thin stave Chateau Ferrier
French oak, 50% new
|Forests: Center of France|
|Coopers: Tonnellerie Bel Air - Highly
Structured medium toast
|Bottle Aging: 1 year plus, prior to release|
|Bottling Numbers:||pH: 3.66
Total Acidity: 0.66g/100ml
|Alcohol: 15.8% by volume|
|Res. Sugar: dry|
|Cellaring: Delicious now, but has the structure to age for 10 to 15 years|
|Cases Produced: 457|
The 2008 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU is dark burgundy in color and delivers immediate notes of plum and dark chocolate, with intense flavors of rich black fruit, bright acidity and dense tannins that glide over the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
This wine pairs wonderfully with rich cuisine such as grilled beef medallions topped with gorgonzola cheese.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Dark burgundy in color, delivering immediate notes of plum and dark chocolate.