2017 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU Red Blend
Vinous, July 2022
19th Annual Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition
Our 2017 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU leads with aromas of red currant and cherry, enveloped in oak-inspired notes of cedar, cigar box, and toasted coconut. The flavorful red fruit entry delivers dense cherry, plum, and chalk with a bright and lasting age-worthy finish.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker and Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Big and structured at release. Should show best from 2025 through 2030.13 Years
Delicious with grilled herbed lamb chops, beef stews, or hearty cheeses.
Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, in the manner of classic Left Bank wines from Pauillac.
Generous rains fell prior to the 2017 vintage, ending an unprecedented 5-year throughout California. Budbreak occurred a few days later than normal in 2017, which is typical for wet years. Crop set was light, with yields on this Cabernet block in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles reaching just 2.3 tons per acre. This late-ripening block of Cabernet Sauvignon was more than eight weeks away from harvest during a September heat wave, so it came through the heat spike unharmed. In this vintage, we saw a higher level of tannin structure and flavor ripeness, echoing the string of great vintages from ‘12 to ‘14.
The inspiration for this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux, which are traditionally composed from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with occasional acccents from Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Our J. Lohr winemaking team is given the freedom to emulate these great Bordeaux wines through the prism of our world-class Paso Robles fruit.