2008 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Honoring a Legacy
Three years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol, who was the muse for Jerry’s Napa Valley vineyard, passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer. Since, the Lohr family has been working to curtail the impact of breast cancer in the lives of other families.
Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time

In 2010, we set out to provide 500 mammograms for women in need by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With more than 4,000 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our goal! As we partner again with NBCF for the third year in a row, we will continue to expand our efforts to raise money in support of early detection, which has been proven to save lives. Read More. $2 per bottle is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

For more information on NBCF, or to make a donation, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

The 2008 vintage will go down on record as one of the smallest in the last quarter century. Low winter rainfall, in concert with spring frost and a very hot week in May during set, seemed to initiate the perfect storm for low grape berry pollination and low crop yields. Although lacking in abundance, 2008 did produce some very dark and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon with more than enough maturity for a mid-October harvest in the range of 28° Brix.

Cases produced: 820
Very approachable now, but will improve over the next five to ten years

Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena, comprised of 16.4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309 rootstock). The well-drained, gravelly, sandy loam soil and Bordeaux- like climate of the Napa Valley is ideally suited to produce luxury-quality Cabernet fruit.


Origin: J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley
Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot, 3% other red
Harvest Dates: October 16-19, 2008
Process: Hand-picked to half ton bins, berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 28° Brix , pH 3.8, total acidity 0.42 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Lallemand 43
Fermentation: 6 ton open-top tanks
Temperature: Peak to 95°F cap temperature
Maceration: Cold soak for 3 days, followed by 6 day fermentation
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels
Maturation: 21 months in French oak barrels - 65% new
Barrel Type: 60 gallon Chateau Ferré (thin stave)
Forests: Center of France, Allier
Coopers: Bel Air, Remond, Dargaud et Jaegle
Post-Maturation: Rack from barrels, filter to bottle
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.7
Total Acidity: 0.63g/l00ml
Alcohol: 15.2% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry

This wine is classically dark in color with a bright hue. Aromas of cherry and black plum are complemented by a bouquet of roasted hazelnut and cedar. The juicy palate structure reflects a respectful integration of fruit and oak components from traditional French oak barrel aging. The high fraction of Petit Verdot in this vintage brings blue fruit and anise to the classic Cabernet structure.
Steve Peck, red winemaker

Price: $40.00 750ml

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