2014 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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James Laube, Wine Spectator
- “Dense and compact, tight and concentrated, this offers loads of rich fruit, with tiers of dark berry, graphite, sage, cedar and crushed rock. Ends a bit clipped, the only minor shortcoming here. Best from 2020 through 2034.”
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
Highly structured at release, with a 10 year-plus aging aptitude.10 Years
Excellent with grilled entrecôte and shallots, or a roasted pork loinwith porcini mushrooms and fennel.
Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time
This year marks the eleventh anniversary of J. Lohr’s heartfelt partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. The Touching Lives initiative began when the Lohr family designated the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a commemorative release in honor of founder Jerry Lohr’s late wife. Carol Lohr passed away in 2008 due to complications from breast cancer.
Today, $3 from every purchase of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, whether at your local restaurant, wine shop, online or at our Wine Centers, is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since the program’s inception, sales from J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard releases have supported early breast cancer detection, access to mammograms, patient navigation systems, and the delivery of HOPE Kits (a gift box of comforting items) to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. These programs continue to build on a partnership that has funded over 7,800 mammograms for women who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
We’re Encouraging Women to Take Charge
The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. J. Lohr is continuing to advocate for women’s empowerment through knowledge and body self-awareness. It’s never too early to become one’s own best health advocate, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation has the resources to help.
The 2014 vintage was largely defined by the heavy rain events in April that filled the soil moisture profile, and were followed by one of the warmest vintages since 2004. Under our new irrigation regime of infrequent - but deep - waterings, we gave just three applications for the season. We saw a noteable shift in wine quality from the sections of the vineyard with the heavy soils, to the point that those sections produced wine superior in quality to that of the weaker sections that had historically been the source of our best lots. We continue to adore the integration of the Petit Verdot in the blend for its luxurious texture and blue fruit aroma.
Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena along the Napa River at Pratt Avenue. 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 producing richly textured, luxury-quality fruit.