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2017 J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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92 Points Wine Spectator, May 2021
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The 2017 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with vibrant aromas of black cherry, cassis, and plum, with notes of black tea and baking spice. The palate is rewarding with plush textures, anise, and red cherry on the finish.

— Brenden Wood, red winemaker

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 87%

      Cabernet Sauvignon

    • 13%

      Petit Verdot

  • Origin

    St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

  • Cellaring

    Enjoyable now but can easily age 10 years or more.

    10 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Roasted pork tenderloin with celery root purée.

  • Vinification

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

    Time in Barrel: 17 months in French oak barrels - 60% new

    Barrel Type: 60 gallon Bordeaux export

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 Waldorf 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 8,000 mammograms for women who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

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.


Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena along the Napa River. 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 soils and Bordeaux-like climate of the Napa Valley are ideally suited to producing richly textured, luxury-quality fruit.


2017 welcomed abundant winter rainfall prior to the growing season that recharged reservoirs and groundwater in the Napa Valley. Budbreak was slightly later than normal following the wet winter, with Cabernet emerging from dormancy the first week of April. The spring temperatures were cool and mild, causing an extended bloom period, followed by summer heat spikes that continued through the end of August. Cool temperatures arrived in September, allowing extra hangtime before an early October harvest.

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