2012 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of a spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and to prevent unwanted green, herbal characteristics in the fruit. A period of triple digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August towards the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed us to full ripeness with most of the harvesting for Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon occurring on the earlier side, between October 4th and 20th.


VINEYARDS
The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc, 2% other red
Harvest Dates: Cabernet Sauvignon from October 4th-20th, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 25.1° Brix average
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks with peak temperatures reaching 92°F
 
 
Malolactic: ML fermentation completed in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels, using Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 12 months aging in 60 gallon oak barrels
  Barrel type: Primarily Missouri and Minnesota American oak with toasted heads
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.7
  Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.8% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.19 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Balanced upon release, with adequate structure to age up to five years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Fruit aromas are black cherry, plum and blueberry accented with a barrel bouquet of toasted pastry, dark caramel and vanilla. Sturdy tannins strike the palate and finish with the high-toned fruit signature typical of the Paso Robles appellation.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with braised shortribs, a rich beef tenderloin with gorgonzola butter or spicy fajitas.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
High-toned Paso Robles Cabernet with a lovely bouquet of toasted pastry and vanilla.

Price: $17.00 750ml

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