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2016 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

95 Points The Tasting Panel, July/August 2020
"After Jerry Lohr’s wife, Carol, passed away due to complications from breast cancer in 2008, Lohr and his children were inspired to partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation; the resulting program, Touching Lives, promotes efforts around early breast cancer detection. Because the special vineyard this remarkable wine hails from was named for Carol (Lohr acquired the site in 1984), $3 from the sale of every bottle supports the initiative. Winemaker Steve Peck created a stunning, densely textured red with aromas of cigar leaf and black fruit that lead to a sumptuous mouthfeel. Coffee bean, violets, leather, and black cherry engage in a sensuous dance on the palate as slate and creamy plum accentuate its bold lines."

Dark in the glass, with dense color extending to the rim. The aroma projects red currant and cassis layered with cedar. Firm and medium weight on the mid- palate with flavors of black cherry, mocha, and granite.

- Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 92%

      Cabernet Sauvignon

    • 8%

      Petit Verdot

  • Origin

    St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

  • Cellaring

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

    10 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Roasted pork tenderloin with celery root puree.

  • Vinification

    Fermentation: 10 ton open-top tanks, using délestage and punchdowns

    Time in Barrel: 20 months in French oak barrels - 60% new

    Barrel Type: 60 gallon Bordeaux export, medium and medium-long toast

Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time

A donation for each bottle sold is made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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.

Learn more

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.

Vineyards

Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena along the Napa River at Pratt Avenue. Comprised of 27 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309 rootstock), 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

In 2016, the growing season progressed slow and steady at Carol’s Vineyard, with budbreak arriving on cue in the last week of March. Temperate weather at bloom set the crop up for success and provided some peace of mind for growers after the shatter we saw in Napa Valley the previous year. Also absent in 2016 were the heat spikes that troubled the 2015 vintage. Steady, warm weather from veraison to harvest brought the crop in on the third week of September.

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