2015 J. Lohr Cuvée Series Cuvée PAU Red Blend
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Wine Review Online, Rich Cook
The 2015 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU shows savory cassis, black fruits and earthy forest notes on the nose with a classic oily palate of plum, anise and graphite. Open and decant an hour before serving for full expression.
— Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Fruit driven at release, with a structure that should show best from 2022 to 2027.12 Years
Delicious with grilled rosemary lamb chops, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted beets.
Paso Robles saw a fourth consecutive year of below normal rainfall in 2015. The dry conditions experienced locally mirrored the extreme climatic trends witnessed across the entire state of California. Budbreak was early, as is typical in dry years, with vines coming out of dormancy in mid- March. Good growing conditions in April brought rapid shoot growth, and were followed by an unusually cold period during the early May bloom that reduced crop yield by roughly 40% due to shatter. This lighter crop hung on the vine until the last week of October to achieve the complete and uniform ripening required to make this resplendent edition of J. Lohr Cuvée PAU.
The inspiration for this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux which are composed primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with occassional acccents from Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Winemaking is 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.