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2015 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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92 Points Steve Eliot, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, August 2018
“12% Petit Verdot. A hint of high ripeness adds to the intrigue on offer here, and, with the rest of this full-bodied, keenly focused wine clearly on target, there is a lot to like from first sniff to its polished finish. Along the way, its cassis-like fruit tones are aided and abetted by a whiff of dark chocolate and hints of root beer, and its near supple, moderately tannic structure adds just enough grip to give it drinkability over the next five years or so. It may not be a long-term cellaring candidate, but it is an expressive, very carefully crafted wine that is certain to please all Cabernet lovers save for the few who equate tongue-curing tannins with varietal success.”

The 2015 vintage of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ignites the eye with its red and purple hues. Classic red currant, cherry, cedar and cocoa powder on the nose. The palate is full of fruit, and comes off ripe and balanced with enough weight to reward cellaring.

- Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 88%

      CabernetSauvignon

    • 12%

      Petit Verdot

  • Origin

    St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

  • Cellaring

    Highly structured at release, with a 10year-plus aging aptitude.

    10 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Excellent with grilled entrecôte and shallots, or a roasted pork loin with porcini mushrooms and fennel.

Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time

This year marks the twelfth 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.

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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.

Vineyard

Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena along the Napa River at Pratt Avenue. Comprised of 16.4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309rootstock), 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.

Vintage

Early budbreak was followed by warmer than usual spring temperatures in March and April,resulting in rapid shoot growth prior to bloom. Cold temperatures through the first half of May upset pollination in the Cabernet Sauvignon, disrupting berry set to a degree not seen in recent memory. Crop yields were reduced 35% or more and the light crop reached maturity at an earlier date than in any previous vintage.

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