Hilltop Bottle Shot

2017 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 J. Lohr HilltopCabernet Sauvignon showssplendid ripe fruit, Cocoa powder,and graphite on the nose. Thepalate comes across dense chalkyand soft, with layers of blackcurrant, mineral, and notes oftoasted pastry.

- Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking

Vintage

In 2017, generous rainfall returned following the 5-year drought in California. Budbreak occurred
by the first week of April followed by bloom in the middle of May. Crop set was average at best, with overall yields under 3 tons per acre for our Hilltop blocks. An extreme heat event occurred in early September which brought temperatures as high as 115 degrees. Thankfully, our Cabernet crop was several weeks away from harvest and came through the heat spike unharmed. In this vintage, we
saw a higher level of sugar and flavor ripeness than had been seen since the string of great vintages from ‘12 to ‘14. This new 2017 release also marks the debut of dramatic new packaging for our iconic Vineyard Series tier.

Vineyards

Our Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily grown at three of J. Lohr’s vineyards in Paso Robles.Approximately 60% is from our Shotwell Vineyard in the El Pomar District. The Beck Vineyard, located at a 1,700 elevation in the Creston District, supplies 25% of the fruit. The balance is from our Gean Ranch in the Adelaida District along with a collection of other small sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly,ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, resulting in the darkest possible fruit with resolved tannins year after year.

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 95%

      Cabernet Sauvignon

    • 4%

      Petit Verdot

    • 1%

      Malbec

  • Origin

    Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California

  • Cellaring

    Bright fruit upon release, with the structure to age comfortably for 8 to 12 years.

    12 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Delicious with rosemary-seasoned rib-eye and garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel.

  • Accolades & Reviews
    • 90 Points, Year's Best US Cabernets & Blends Patrick J. Comiskey, Wine & Spirits
      Smoky and lean, this is built like a ripe Bordeaux, with a lovely tension between its oak frame and its dark purple fruit flavors. Decant it to let those flavors to meld before pouring for steak.
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