2008 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU

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.


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.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles
Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: October 21, 2008
Harvest process: Hand-harvested into half-ton
bins
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

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
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

FOOD PAIRINGS
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.

Price: $50.00 750ml
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