2015 J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
The Tasting Panel, July 2018
- “Further proof that Paso Robles has the ability to craft some of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons, this is the third vintage of this wine. It’s a tribute to founder Jerry Lohr from esteemed blocks of Clone 337 in the high-elevation calcareous soils of the Beck Vineyard, located in the region’s Creston District. Blended with 11% Malbec and aged for 18 months in French oak, it was then transferred to a new set of barrels for a ‘flash’ of two months to accentuate its ageworthiness. Rich, ripe plum accents the aromas and leads to a seamless palate of dry, dusty tannins and Old World acidity. Coffee bean and dark chocolate intertwine with dark summer berries and spiced tobacco. It’s a teeth gripper ‘til the end.” Meridith May
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2018
- “The nose on this luxury-level bottling is pure and refreshing, offering aromas of black cherry, loamy soil, dried mint and caramellaced coffee. The palate is framed by upright tannins, yet is soft enough to enjoy now, showing deep flavors of black currant, dried herb, milk chocolate and toffee. Drink 2020–2040. Cellar Selection.” Matt Kettmann
My signature on the label indicates that this wine is a personal statement for me, looking to encompass three decades of experience and history in a single bottle.
— Jerry Lohr
2,008 three-bottle cases, bottled July 2017
October 1 and 10, 2015
J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced to honor the 80th birthday of founder Jerry Lohr. This limited release was specially selected and blended from the excellent 2015 vintage in Paso Robles. It is both a tribute to Jerry's pioneering efforts in the region and our red wine portfolio's ultimate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vineyards & Cellar
Beck Vineyard, in the Creston District of Paso Robles, is a unique site. It sits at 1,700 feet above the early morning fog. Its calcareous soils and cooling afternoon winds are perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet from this vineyard ripens early with excellent color, purity of fruit, and phenolic maturity. Malbec is an ideal addition to the blend, as it complements the fruit component of the savory '15 Cabernet Sauvignon; it also supplies a gain in color without adding more tannins.
The hand-harvested grapes were held separate at harvest and berry-sorted into six-ton open top tanks for fermentation. Maceration took place on the skins for five days, before early pressing to limit tannin extraction.
Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Demptos, Vallaurine, Dargaud et Jaegle, and Saint Martin.