2012 J. Lohr Cuvée Series Cuvée St. E Red Blend
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Cuvée St. E captures the ripe, but savory side of Bordeaux style wine. The 2012 is dark in color with a deep red hue. Aromas of coffee bean with dark chocolate and hazelnut lead to ripe plum on the palate. Edgy tannins typical of Cabernet Franc finish with dark fruited chocolate.
— Steve Peck, red winemaker
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Structure to improve over the next 8 to 12 years.10 Years
A perfect pairing for filet mignon with shallot cream sauce or Osso Bucco (braised veal shanks) over a bed of polenta.
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in the glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms in the Paso Robles region as a return to the norm. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak the first week of April. This rain brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of a spring frost. We now know that 2012 was the first of four years of drought in California and the Paso Robles area. 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 the development of undesirable green, herbal characteristics in the fruit. A period of triple-digit temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. That heat spike seemed to drive the flavor profile of Cabernet Franc from green herbs toward a riper, chocolate mint character. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed ripeness along, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on the 9th of October... more than 3 weeks earlier than the previous vintage.
Cuvée St. E
The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. 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.