2018 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Buena Vista Road Vineyard Saint-Macaire
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Wine Enthusiast, August/September 2021
The 2018 J. Lohr Saint-Macaire offers rich varietal aromas of bay leaf, chocolate, black licorice, and ripe plum. It has a dense and fleshy texture with pure fruit intensity on the palate.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
Estrella District, Paso Robles, CA
Expected to age beautifully to 10 years past vintage date.10 Years
Enjoy with a charcuterie board of Pata Negra Spanish ham and hard cheeses.
VineyardsThis 2018 Saint-Macaire was grown at the Buena Vista Road Vineyard in the warm Region III climate of the Estrella District in Paso Robles. Conditions here are ideal for late-ripening reds such as this rare Bordeaux variety. This thick-skinned variety gets it name from the village of the same name in the appelation of Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire. Over the past 50 years, plantings of this heritage variety of the Bordeaux region have dwindled from several hundred acres to less than one acre in its country of origin. Clone 03 cuttings for this planting were secured from the FPS mother block at the University of California, Davis in 2014.
The second vintage of J. Lohr Saint-Macaire was blessed with over 70% of the season’s rainfall arriv- ing in the month of March. This perfect timing of precipitation kicked off a vintage of exceptional quality and yield. Budbreak occurred in early April, and a nice stretch of warm weather in May assured a good bloom and fruit set. Summer was quite warm with 38 days over 100 degrees F. in the region, which extended the growing season as vines slowed photosynthesis as a defense against the high temperatures. Picking occurred on November 6th at a luxurious level of ripeness.