2016 J. Lohr Cuvée POM Red Blend
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Wine Enthusiast, October 2020
- Polished aromas of dark blackberry and cherry are wrapped around cedar on the well-integrated nose of this bottling. It’s heavy and thick on the palate, where black currant, blackberry, dried herbs and soy sauce mingle.
The 2016 J. Lohr Cuvée POM offers varietal aromas of blueberry and black plum, with a restrained barrel bouquet of hazelnut and toasted pastry. Fleshy and succulent fruit notes finish with the classic cherry palate that the top Merlots of the region are known for. Structured for lengthy cellar aging.
— Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Vibrant upon release. Ideal consumption from 2021 to 20259 Years
Great with Spanish paella or a grilled ribeye with shallots.
With Paso Robles Merlot at its core, this lush wine recalls many of the best wines of Pomerol.
Early seasonal rains fell, though short of average, but the timing was ideal for vine health and wine quality in 2016. Every phenological marker, from budbreak in spring to bloom and veraison in the summer, occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than normal. Merlot buds pushed from dormancy in the middle of March, following heavy rains that fell earlier in the month. Vine canopy growth propelled through the spring, bouyed by additional light rains in April and an ideal bloom period in early May. Tannin structure for 2016 was amplified by a warm veraison period beginning the third week of July. Good ripening weather brought our Bordeaux varieties in early, with this exceptional Merlot being harvested the second week of October, showing the dark color and ripe red fruit flavors this wine is known for.
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.