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    Congratulations to our stellar vineyards and winemaking teams for these great mentions!

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    J. Lohr con­tin­ues to get more than its share of rave reviews and press cov­er­age. Con­grat­u­la­tions to our stel­lar vine­yards and wine­mak­ing teams for these great mentions!

    March 62020

    2016 High­lands Bench Pinot Noir — 90 Points, Year’s Best US Pinot Noirs
    Patrick J. Comiskey, Wine & Spir­its, April 2020

    J. Lohr’s vine­yards are just west of Gon­za­les, rough­ly the mid­way point of the San­ta Lucia High­lands Bench. This wine has plen­ty of ripe straw­ber­ry and plum fla­vors but avoids the mass and weight of many wines from the area. Instead there’s grip and con­tour, a whiff of uma­mi and smoke, with a suc­cu­lence off­set by brisk acids.”

    Jan­u­ary 272020

    2017 Los Osos Mer­lot — 92 Points
    Meridith May, The Tast­ing Pan­el, January/​February 2020

    For the price, this Mer­lot (with a lit­tle Mal­bec) wows: It’s ripe and juicy, with aro­mas and fla­vors that bring out pret­ty tones of red and pur­ple flow­ers. Lus­cious dark choco­late, vibrant acid­i­ty, and a savory fin­ish keep the mouth hydrated.”

    Novem­ber 232019

    Wine, etc.: Look­ing for Thanks­giv­ing Wine? Here’s a list that will impress your guests — Tom Mar­quardt and Patrick Darr, Cap­i­tal Gazette, Novem­ber 2019

    J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay 2018: This pro­duc­er uses nine dif­fer­ent clones from the Arroyo Seco region of Mon­terey to pro­duce a flashy, but­tery chardon­nay with stone fruit fla­vors and a hint of cit­rus and vanilla.

    Octo­ber 112019

    The J. Lohr Pure Paso™ Pro­pri­etary Red Wine is a cul­mi­na­tion of our long his­to­ry of inno­va­tion in Paso Rob­les. It is our deli­cious, pro­pri­etary trib­ute to one of the world’s great­est wine­grow­ing regions — a spe­cial place that J. Lohr is proud to call home. 

    Pure Inno­va­tion

    Michelle Ball, SOMM Jour­nal, August/​September 2019

    Opaque with a fuch­sia rim, this wine fea­tures aro­mas of warm black­ber­ry pie that punch through the glass.Under a veil of savory mint and sub­tle notes of laven­der, spicy tan­nins lead to gen­er­ous black fruit and whis­pers of sage and graphite. There is so much plea-sure in this wine, yet there’s still a cere­bral qual­i­ty that begs for fur­ther discovery.

    J. Lohr Debuts Pure Paso Red, A Trib­ute To The Region The Estate Helped Build

    Kris­ten Biel­er, Mass­a­chu­setts Bev­er­age Busi­ness, Octo­ber 2019

    Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and Petite Sir­ah are two grapes that Paso Rob­les does excep­tion­al­ly well, accord­ing to Steve Lohr, CEO of J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines. And if any­one would know what this Cal­i­for­nia AVA excels at, it would be the Lohr fam­i­ly, who helped pio­neer Paso Rob­les in the ear­ly 1980s when the region was not yet on the indus­try’s radar. 

    The new wine, J. Lohr Pure Paso Pro­pri­etary Red Wine, is both a trib­ute to these vari­eties — the blend is rough­ly 70% Caber­net and 30% Petite Sir­ah — and a cel­e­bra­tion of the appel­la­tion that has grown expo­nen­tial­ly in vine­yard acreage and recog­ni­tion, yet still needs to be cham­pi­oned, believes Lohr. 

    When Jer­ry Lohr first came to Paso Rob­les, he iden­ti­fied its poten­tial for Rhône grapes. His first wine was in fact a Petite Sir­ah — long before most vint­ners were work­ing with the vari­ety. The very fact that it thrives in the same place as Caber­net Sauvi­gnon is one of the aspects of Paso Rob­les that is so unique. The Paso region is the rare place that can per­fect­ly ripen Rhône and Bor­deaux vari­eties,” says Jeff Meier, President/​COO, who has been mak­ing wine for J. Lohr for over 30 years. 

    Today J. Lohr farms 2,100 acres of Caber­net and 115 acres of Petite Sir­ah in Paso Rob­les. The debut 2017 vin­tage of J. Lohr Pure Paso is sourced from the win­ery’s Shotwell Vine­yard in the El Pomar Dis­trict and from the warmer Paso Rob­les Estrel­la Dis­trict. The mod­el for this wine was the 40th Anniver­sary Red we released in 2014,” says Lawrence Lohr, co-own­er. Peo­ple loved that wine — it show­cased all the bold, intense fla­vors that the region and our win­ery is known for — and it inspired J. Lohr Pure Paso.”

    The win­ery has also been a region­al leader on match­ing grape to place and striv­ing to under­stand the com­plex array of soil types that vary site to site.

    Match­ing root­stocks to soils took us 20 years to ful­ly under­stand,” says Meier. It’s changed the way we approach viti­cul­ture here.” The win­ery also hired a Bor­deaux con­sul­tant to cre­ate a new irri­ga­tion phi­los­o­phy for lim­it­ed, more tar­get­ed water­ing. The con­tin­u­al fine-tun­ing of our estate vine­yards has enabled us to make bet­ter our best wines ever,” says Steve Lohr. It strength­ens our abil­i­ty to advance the Paso Rob­les appel­la­tion, and which was our father’s goal from the moment he set foot here.”

    J. Lohr Pure Paso’ Pro­pri­etary Red Wine 

    The Bev­er­age Jour­nal, Sep­tem­ber 2019

    Show­cas­ing Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, in a blend with Petite Sir­ah, J. Lohr Pure Paso” hon­ors both the win­ery’s ear­ly roots and their ongo­ing com­mit­ment to the Paso Rob­les AVA. J. Lohr’s very first wine (1974) was a Petite Sir­ah, which inspired its inclu­sion here. The P.S. sourced from the Home Ranch pro­vides jam­my, dark berry notes; Caber­net from a cool­er area offers savory ele­ments. Whole berry fer­men­ta­tion and ear­ly press­ing accen­tu­ate the sup­ple structure. 

    J. Lohr Vine­yard & Wines Debuts a New Red Blend

    Mar­ket Watch, Sep­tem­ber 2019

    Paso Rob­les, Cal­i­for­nia-based J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines has debuted a new red blend. J. Lohr Pure Paso­Pro­pri­etary Red Blend ($27750-ml.) con­sists pri­mar­i­ly of two vari­etals — Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and Petite­Sir­ah — sourced from Paso sub-regions El Pomar and Estrel­la Dis­trict, respec­tive­ly. Small quan­ti­ties ofMer­lot, Petit Ver­dot, and Mal­bec round out the blend, which was aged for 18 months pri­or to bottling.

    June 182019
    Writ­ing Its Own His­to­ry: The Bur­geon­ing Region of Paso Rob­les Hosts its Fifth Annu­al CAB Camp

    Michelle Ball, SOMM Jour­nal, June/​July 2019

    In many ways, Paso Rob­les is syn­ony­mous with Caber­net Sauvi­gnon: Accord­ing to Aman­da Wittstrom- Higgins,Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions for Ancient Peaks Win­ery, the vari­ety rep­re­sents close to 50% of what’s plant­ed in the region.” If you look at what’s been plant­ed here in the last ve years, the major­i­ty of the invest­ment is Caber­net Sauvi­gnon,” she adds. 

    Not only is this grape suc­cess­ful with con­sumers world­wide, it’s unique­ly well suit­ed to this area. Paso Rob­les is often iden­ti­fied pri­mar­i­ly by its high tem­per­a­tures, which can reach the triple dig­its dur­ing the sum­mer months, but it’s also known for its vast diur­nal swings: A 40- to 50-degree dif­fer­ence be- tween day­time and night­time tem­per­a­tures is com­mon due to the region’s coastal prox­im­i­ty. These con­di­tions, in addi­tion to the abun­dant pres­ence of cal­care­ous soils, help Paso Rob­les wines retain not only acid­i­ty and struc­ture but depth and concentration. 

    Accord­ing to the 2017 Cal­i­for­nia Grape Acreage Report from the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Bor­deaux vari­eties boast rough­ly 57% of all plant­i­ngs through­out Paso Rob­les’ 11 sub-appel­la­tions. In cel­e­bra­tion of these wines, the Paso Rob­les CAB (Caber­net and Bor­deaux) Col­lec­tive recent­ly host­ed its fifth annu­al CAB Camp co-spon­sored by The SOMM Jour­nal.This year, close to 40 som­me­liers and wine buy­ers from across the coun­try attend­ed the immer­sive, three-day experience. 

    DAY 1

    Wisps of clouds paint­ed the sun­ny sky as our group of somms arrived at the exquis­ite Alle­gret­to Vine­yard Resort, our home base for the course of the camp. After going over a brief syn­op­sis of the region, we were whisked away to our first stop just a few miles east of the hotel.Winding through the back­roads and lush land­scape, we made our way to Hill­top Vine­yard, a site with spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines. 

    After we took our seats on cov­ered haystacks shad­ed by an old oak tree at the top of the prop­er­ty, we were greet­ed by co-own­er Cyn­thia Lohr, who also serves as the fam­i­ly company’s Trade and Brand Advocate.“We love Paso Rob­les for its Bor­deaux vari­eties,” Lohr told us. Fam­i­ly, place, and craft—that’s what we’re all about.” J. Lohr farms more than 3,000 acres of estate vines dis­persed through­out five of Paso Rob­les’ sub-appel­la­tions. As a result, the win­ery can offer its J. Lohr Estates Sev­en Oaks Caber­net Sauvi­gnon — often con­sumers’ intro­duc­tion to the region — at an extreme value. 

    The site of one of J. Lohr’s rst plant­i­ngs in 1988, Hill­top Vine­yard is the name­sake of the Hill­top Reserve Caber­net Sauvignon.We tast­ed through a sam­pling of the winery’s port­fo­lio, includ­ing a bar­rel sam­ple of Saint-Macaire, an obscure Bor­deaux vari­ety used for blend­ing. It was near­ly everyone’s first expe­ri­ence with the grape, which pro­duced an expres­sion rem­i­nis­cent of Mal­bec with deep col­or, con­cen­tra­tion, and soft tannins. 

    Read full arti­cle here.

    May 222019
    Con­nois­seurs’ Guide to Cal­i­for­nia Wine

    April 2019, Steve Eliot

    Caber­net Franc

    As we have com­ment­ed over the past sev­er­al years, Caber­net Franc is find­ing new life in Cal­i­for­nia. Its evo­lu­tion away from tough and ungain­ly wines con­tin­ues, and a widen­ing field of styles run­ning from stur­dy and youth­ful­ly tan­nic to fair­ly refined now awaits the con­sumer look­ing to expand their vinous per­spec­tives with par­tic­u­lar­ly suc­cess­ful efforts from J. Lohr, Ter­ra Valen­tine and The Vine­yard House earn­ing high hon­ors this month.”

    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E – 90 Points
    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU90 Points

    The Tast­ing Panel

    April 2019, Meridith May

    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E – 96 Points
    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée POM96 Points

    Cal­i­for­nia Grapevine

    April 2019, Nick Ponomareff

    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée POM91 Points

    Wash­ing­ton Wine

    March 2019, Owen Bargreen

    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU92 Points
    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée POM92 Points
    2015 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E – 91 Points

    April 22019
    The Restau­rant Top 50 30th Annu­al Restau­rant Poll

    Wine & Spir­its, April 2019

    Some wines cre­ate buzz. Some sim­ply sell with­out any effort: Guests don’t both­er to namecheck those wines on their Insta­gram feed, or to con­fer with a som­me­li­er before call­ing for a bottle. 

    Those are the wines that top the W&S Restau­rant Top 50, the most pop­u­lar wines in America’s favorite restaurants.

    For 30 years, we’ve asked wine direc­tors to mine their sales data for the last quar­ter of the year and report on their top-sell­ing bot­tles; we then count the num­ber of men­tions for each wine report­ed on their top-ten lists, as well as the rank; these 50 wines accrued the great­est num­ber of men­tions over­all. The accom­pa­ny­ing price is the aver­age wine-list price for all the bot­tlings our respon­dents mentioned.”

    The Most Pop­u­lar Wine In America’s Top Restaurants”

    #35 J. Lohr Chardon­nay

    When our poll debuted in 1989, chardon­nay was queen, account­ing for 44 per­cent of men­tions on respon­dents’ lists of best-sell­ing wines. Today, chardon­nay holds third place, with 8.9 per­cent of those men­tions. When din­ers seek out chardon­nay, they large­ly opt for Amer­i­can, which out­paced French near­ly two to one.”

    #7 J. Lohr

    J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay
    J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardon­nay

    Caber­net Sauvi­gnon
    Caber­net sauvi­gnon still serves as the engine of wine sales for the coun­try, lead­ing in the vari­etal sweep­stakes, beat­ing out pinot noir this year for the pole posi­tion: More than 15 per­cent of all bot­tles on the table were caber­nets or cab-based blends. Need­less to say, they also rep­re­sent the most expen­sive offer­ings on any giv­en list. Two of the top brands in this year’s Top 50, Stag’s Leap Wine Cel­lars and Jor­dan, are both caber­net hous­es; six of the top 12 brands, and ten of the top 20, are brands with strong caber­net pro­grams. Steak­hous­es, now a fix­ture on the din­ing land­scape, clear­ly lead in this trend, and the trend is Cal­i­for­nia, Napa in par­tic­u­lar. Napa caber­net has devel­oped a spot in the consumer’s brain to where it is the per­fect pair­ing with steak,’ says Bill Elsey of Pap­pas Bros., in Hous­ton. It’s the num­ber one place that peo­ple asso­ciate with Cal­i­for­nia wine.’ 

    But there seems to be more styl­is­tic lat­i­tude with­in the cat­e­go­ry, as Maxwell Eyrise, at Five O’Clock Steak­house in Mil­wau­kee, observes. I’ve noticed a lot more peo­ple ask­ing for caber­net sauvi­gnon with more ele­gance and struc­ture, mov­ing away from wines that are just super fruit-for­ward, and mov­ing towards caber­nets with some spice and a pep­pery bite.’

    #31 J. Lohr

    J. Lohr Estates Sev­en Oaks Caber­net Sauvi­gnon
    J. Lohr Hill­top Caber­net Sauvi­gnon

    Pop­u­lar Bar­gains
    This year, the most pop­u­lar wines on lists for $50 or less came large­ly from the New World, with Cal­i­for­nia lead­ing the pack. Regions like Paso have it easy, because there are so many wines under $20 [whole­sale],’ says Suzanne Wag­n­er of New Jersey’s Restau­rant Latour.”

    #2 J. Lohr 

    J. Lohr Estates River­stone Chardon­nay March 12019

    2017 Estates Fal­con’s Perch Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Edi­tors’ Choice

    Aro­mas of baked red cher­ry, rose and fen­nel lead into a palate loaded with straw­ber­ry, sage­brush, thyme and loamy soil. The mouth­feel is full yet cut by strong acid­i­ty.”
    Wine Enthu­si­ast, Feb. 19 issue

    2017 Estates River­stone Chardonnay

    90 Points, Best Buy 

    This wine starts with plush aro­mas of yel­low mel­on, plume­ria, wild lime sor­bet and a hint of cream. There is ample zip to the palate, where acid­i­ty and a strong flo­ral char­ac­ter keep the hon­ey­dew and white peach fla­vors in check.”
    Wine Enthu­si­ast, Dec. 18 issue

    2016 Estates Sev­en Oaks Caber­net Sauvignon

    90 Points, Edi­tors’ Choice

    Black cher­ry, smoke and a hint of caramel make for a very famil­iar and sat­is­fy­ing nose on this well-priced bot­tling. There is a deep core of black cur­rant fruit, with chalky tan­nins, a dense mouth­feel and abun­dant acid­i­ty that dri­ves into the fin­ish.“
    Wine Enthu­si­ast, Sept. 18 issue

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