2016 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E Red Blend
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Wine Enthusiast, October 2020
- Strong aromas of black cherry, toasted oak, caramel, vanilla, charred coffee bean and milk chocolate make for a heavy nose in this blend. Blackberry and dry elderberry flavors are framed by firm tannins and asphalt on the palate.
The 2016 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E captures the ripe but savory side of the Bordeaux varieties. Dark in color with a bright garnet hue, the aromas of red currant, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate lead to a palate of ripe plum and dried herbs. Tightly wound tannins are treasured in Cabernet Franc and present the greatest reward after a few years of bottle age.
— Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Structure to improve through 2022 to 2028.12 Years
A perfect pairing for filet mignon with a shallot cream sauce or Osso Bucco (braised veal shanks) over a bed of polenta.
Paso Robles Cabernet Franc is the backbone of this wine, emulating many of the Right Bank wines of Saint-Émilion.
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. The Cabernet Franc on the Home Ranch pushed from dormancy on the 18th of March during a period of 75 degree weather, 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 all of our Bordeaux varieties in early, with this Cabernet Franc being harvested just 12 days into October, showing deep color along with the ripe, savory flavors and fine tannins this wine is known for.
Cuvée St. E
The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Émilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with rare touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We are 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.