2011 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Honoring a Legacy
Four 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 2009, 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 4,00 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our initial goal and need you to help us surpass the 5,000 mark by enjoying our wines, knowing that every bottle you and your loved ones purchase helps make a difference for those touched by cancer.  As we partner again with NBCF for the fourth 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.

We’re Encouraging Women to Take Charge
Women often go above and beyond in caring for the health and safety of loved ones, but in the process, don’t take care of their own needs. With 2013 marking the campaign’s 5th year, J. Lohr is inspiring women to take the reins on their health by getting active, by finding ways to lower stress and by doing the things they love. An important part in the fight against breast cancer is the empowerment of women to be their own advocates for health and wellness, improving chances of early detection and ultimately, survival.

For more on NBCF’s Early Detection Plan, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breastcancer/Early-Detection-Plan.aspx


In the Napa Valley, the 2011 vintage was one of the coolest growing seasons of the last two decades. Heavy winter rainfall and a very cold winter delayed budbreak to early April. The unseasonably cool spring slowed shoot growth and ultimately pushed ripening back 3 to 4 weeks. Fortunately, Sauvignon Blanc (which is the first Bordeaux variety to ripen) greatly benefited from the unusually cool weather, which enhanced the fresh passionfruit and herbaceous varietal characters. Additionally, this was the second vintage where we were aided in our harvesting decisions by Vivelys’ Dyostem color-monitoring system, largely basing our picking dates on fruit color changes in order to optimize thiolic aromas and flavors of passionfruit, tropical fruits and boxwood. We separately tracked and picked our weakest canopied sections of the vineyard on September 7th, and our heavier canopied areas on September 20th, both at their peak of Sauvignon Blanc thiolic fruit expression.

Carol’s Vineyard is a thirty-four acre parcel located in north St. Helena in the Napa Valley, bounded on the east by the Napa River and on the north by Pratt Avenue. Sauvignon Blanc represents 10.88 acres of Carol’s Vineyard and is planted in the eastern portion of the vineyard adjacent to the Napa River, where outstanding Sauvignon Blanc has been grown. The soils are very loamy and well-drained, with a fair amount of gravel. The Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc is grown on a quadrilateral cordon trellis to control vine vigor, with a single leaf layer in the south-exposed fruit zone for only dappled sun exposure to the grape clusters. This preserves some of the natural herbaceous fruit character in this delicious Sauvignon Blanc.


Origin: Carol’s Vineyard, Napa Valley AVA
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest Dates: September 7, 2011 and September 20, 2011
Process: Hand-harvested in the early morning and whole-cluster pressed in the Napa Valley
Harvest Chemistries: First pick: 24.2° Brix average, pH 3.24, total acidity 0.84 g/100ml
Second pick: 24.4° Brix average, pH 3.36, total acidity 0.56 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Both the first and second picks were divided into two lots each. Each of the four lots were fermented with different yeast strains, specifically selected to maximize the varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc. VIN7 and a mixed culture of VIN7 and QA-23 were used for the two lots of the first pick. Alchemy II and VL3 for the second pick.
Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel barrels.
Maturation: Aged 5 months in stainless steel barrels on fermentation lees, with stirring.
Bottling Numbers: pH : 3.30
Total Acidity: 0.73 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.12% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.38 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 1,680 (3,360 6-pack cases)
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 3 years

2011 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is youthful and straw yellow in color with complex aromas of ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry, dried flowers and faint herbaceous freshness. On the palate, the wine provides an excellent balance of bright, racy acidity and fresh fruit flavors reminiscent of the aromas. Serve at 45 to 50 degrees.

Jeff Meier, winemaker

Food Pairings

Ceviche, fish tacos or other light seafood and poultry dishes.

Price: $24.00 750ml

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