Mother Nature gifted 2017 with generous rainfall after an unprecedented 5-year period of drought conditions in California. Our grapevines awoke from winter the first week of April, with bloom following in the middle of May. Crop set was average at best with modest overall yields for Cabernet Sauvignon. At the end of summer, an extreme heat event brought temperatures as high as 115 degrees in the coastal counties from Los Angeles to north of San Francisco on Labor Day weekend in 2017. Thankfully, our crop of late-ripening red varieties in Paso Robles was unharmed and still a month from harvest which began in earnest in the first week of October, delivering a higher level of sugar and flavor ripeness than we had not seen since the great string of vintages from 2012 to 2014. The intensity of this wine makes it clear that our viticulture crews, winemaking, cellar and bottling teams all delivered their best for this inaugural release of J. Lohr Pure Paso.
The Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced largely from our Shotwell
Vineyard in the cooler Region II El Pomar District of Paso Robles
where the climate is strongly influenced by marine air drawn in from
the Pacific Ocean just 17 miles away. This ranch is predominantly
planted to ENTAV clone 169 Cabernet Sauvignon on calcareous
Linne-Calodo soils with slopes reaching a challenging 25%. The
Petite Sirah hails from our Home Ranch in the warmer Region III
Paso Robles Estrella District. This climate is ideal for this heat loving
variety where we have manicured our east to west-oriented plantings
to capture sunlight on the leaves’ surface while allowing the grape
clusters to reach a luxurious level of maturity in the dappled sunlight
below the vine canopy.
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County
This J. Lohr Pure Paso Proprietary Red Wine highlights our house-style which is acclaimed for it’s dense and focused fruit signature coupled with a soft approachable palate.
Best from 2020 to 2024.7 Years
Pairs well with tomato rice dishes like paella or creamy risotto. Exquisite with prime rib or a dense monkfish.