2017 will be remembered as a restorative vintage for our Paso Robles vineyards. It signaled the return of generous rainfall following an unprescedented 5-year period of drought conditions throughout California. Budbreak occurred in the normal time period, with most vines waking from dormancy by the first week of April followed by bloom in mid-May. Crop set was average at best, with overall yields of 4.1 tons per acre for the season. Early September brought an extreme heat wave, with temperatures as high as 115 degrees along the California coast from Los Angeles to north of San Francisco. Thankfully, our Cabernet crop was unharmed as it was still a month from harvest. Picking began in earnest during the first week of October, delivering a higher level of sugar and flavor ripeness since the great string of vintages from ‘12 to ‘14. I love seeing the corks go into the bottle on what will mark one of the great vintages of J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles!
The predominant source for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is our estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center and at two newer sites just to the north at the J. Lohr Sinclair and J. Lohr Jones Ranches. The Seven Oaks vineyard was initially planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones widely planted in Paso Robles. The soils in our vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to the palate of Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard blocks in Paso Robles were some of the original sources for this iconic wine more than 30 years ago; they featured views of a stand of seven majestic oak trees, which still thrive today.
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Balanced and fruit forward upon release, with adequate structure to age five years or longer.5 Years
Delicious paired with wild mushroom risotto or an herb-encrusted rack of lamb with creamy polenta.