2015 J. Lohr Cuvée Series Cuvée POM Red Blend
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Meridith May, The Tasting Panel
- Named for the wines of Pomerol on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, this blend of 93% Merlot (from the El Pomar District’s Creston Vineyard) and 6% Malbec with 1% Cab Sauvignon evokes aromas of leather, blueberry, and dark chocolate. Aged 18 months in 225-liter French Bordeaux barrels and an additional 18 in bottle, this showpiece red is structured like a couture gown yet goes deliriously creamy on the palate with plum-coffee nectar. Not to be construed as too rich, it possesses balanced acidity and a finish with gravitas that’s tinged with black olive and graphite.
The 2015 J. Lohr Cuvée POM offers varietal aromas of black plum and blueberry, with a barrel bouquet of hazelnut and dark chocolate. Bright fruit notes on the palate speak to the contribution of Malbec in the blend. Chalky and structured for lengthy cellar aging.
— Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Vibrant upon release. Ideal consumption from 2020 to 2024.11 Years
Great with Spanish paella or a grilled ribeye with shallots.
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 our Merlot crop yield by roughly 30% due to shatter. This lighter crop ripened readily, with the first Merlot pick on our Creston Vineyard occurring on September 10th. The fruit for our Cuvée POM however hung on the vine for an additional 4 weeks before being harvested at a luxurious state of ripeness on October 10th. This extra hang time brought out the richest fruit expression possible.
The inspiration for J. Lohr Cuvée POM comes from the Grand Cru wines of Pomerol on the Right Bank of the Dordogne in Bordeaux. These legendary wines are traditionally composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with sparse additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, 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.