The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. 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 2009 growing season in Paso Robles started dry and finished wet. Preseason rainfall was well below normal for the third year in a row, recording just half of the 12-inch annual average at our home ranch weather station. Chilly April temperatures limited vine growth in the first month after budbreak, but were followed by a warmer May with a one-day temperature spike reaching 104°F just after bloom. Our best Cabernet Franc in 2009 came from our cooler Creston vineyard. This clone 214 was allowed to reach a luxury level of ripeness, and was harvested in November, a full three weeks after an unlikely rain event on October 13th that delivered over 6 inches of rain to the ranch. This level of maturity allows Cuvée St. E to deliver intense varietal characters, ranging from blueberry to violet and cassis.
|Appellation:||Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA|
|Composition (Blend):||44% Cabernet Franc, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot|
|Harvest Dates:||November 5, 2009 for Cabernet Franc|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-picked to half-ton bins|
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 26.3°, pH 3.71, total acidity 0.67g/100ml|
|Vinification:||Yeast: ICV D254|
|Fermentation: Sorted fruit was fermented in 5-ton open-top fermentors|
|Temperature: A peak temperature of 92°F was achieved at mid-fermentation|
|Maceration: Free run and the light press fraction were combined after 6 days of skin contact|
|Malolactic: 100% malolactic fermentation in older French barrels|
|Mauration: 20 months in 225 liter barrels|
|Barrel Type: French oak, 70% new|
|Forests: Center of France, Bertrange|
|Coopers: Sylvain, DJ, Francois|
|Bottle Aging: Bottle-aged 16 months prior to release|
|Bottling Numbers:||pH: 3.68
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
|Alcohol: 14.08% by volume|
|Residual Sugar: Dry|
|Cases Produced: 746 six-pack cases|
Cuvée St. E is dark red in color with aromas of blueberry, cassis and violet. The cigarbox bouquet comes from twenty months aging in French oak barrels. This wine displays the varietal nature of Cabernet Franc, with supple, sweet tannins and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and maturation time. Palate weight is quite dense, due in part to the generous fraction of Cabernet Sauvignon in this year’s blend. The 2009 will have over a year of bottle age upon release and will develop additional complexity for years to come.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
Steak Bavette with sunchoke and chanterelles.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
An exceptional Cabernet Franc blend with varietal aromas of blueberry, cassis and violet, accompanied by a cigarbox bouquet and sweet, supple tannins.
Price: $50.00 750ml