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.