2007 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU

"DOUBLE GOLD" - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The inspiration for this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux, composed primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot accents. We winemakers 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.

2007 was a very dry year in Paso Robles, with the seasonal total for rainfall registering a scant 4.4 inches. Fortunately, temperatures were mild and did not exacerbate the extremely dry conditions. Vine canopies were small, as were cluster and berry size, resulting in some of the lowest yields we have seen in the last ten years. These natural limitations imposed on the vines resulted in remarkably good Cabernet Sauvignon fruit quality, with outstanding color and flavors. For the second consecutive year, we incurred no significant heat events after veraison, and had very mild weather conditions straight through harvest, allowing each block to be picked at optimal flavor development.


Origin: Paso Robles AVA,
San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6%
Petit Verdot, 1% other Bordeaux reds
Harvest Dates: October 23, 2007
Harvest process: Hand-harvested into half-ton
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 28.9°, pH 3.41,
total acidity 0.67g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Lallemand D-254
  Fermentation: Destemmed fruit was berrysorted on Mistral system before being crushed and transferred to a 10 ton open-top fermenter
  Temperature: Peak at 90°F
  Maceration: 11 days skin contact
  Malolactic: 100% in barrel using Viniflora
  Maturation: 21 months in barrel
  Barrel Type: Thin-stave Chateau Ferrier
French oak, 50% new
  Forests: Center of France
  Coopers: Saury and Bel Air
  Bottle Aging: 1 year plus, prior to release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.65
Total Acidity: 0.67g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.95% by volume
  Res. Sugar: dry
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but has the structure to
age for 10 to 15 years
  Cases Produced: 703

A dark magenta color with a royal hue. Layers of dense fruit aromas ranging from fresh fig to olallieberry are complemented by a subtle oak bouquet. The palate is a perfectly juicy core of blackberry fruit, balanced by soft tannin in a balance rarely achieved. Exceptional palate length finishes alive with a dark fruit signature.

Price: $50.00 750ml
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