2018 J. Lohr Cuvée POM Red Blend
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2023 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
The 2018 J. Lohr Cuvée POM is opaque plum in color. Gushing aromas of black cherry, fresh- picked blueberry and blackberry are followed by baked pie crust and cocoa powder. Vibrant acidity and persistent fresh berry flavors are complemented by a plump mid-palate and a long finish of dried cherries and clove.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker and Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Vibrant upon release. With proper cellaring, ideal consumption in 2023 to 2026.8 Years
Great with Spanish paella or a grilled ribeye with shallots.
With Paso Robles Merlot at its core, this lush wine recalls many of the best wines of Pomerol.
Inspiration for J. Lohr Cuvée POM comes from the Grand Cru wines of Pomerol on Bordeaux’s famed Right Bank. These legendary wines are traditionally composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with small additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. At J. Lohr, our winemaking team is given the freedom to emulate these great wines through the prism of our world-class Paso Robles fruit.
Thanks to a “Miracle March,” the 2018 Paso Robles growing season reached normal rainfall levels with over 70% of the season’s precipitation accumulated in a 3-week period that month. This kicked off a rare vintage of exceptional quality and yield. A stretch of warm weather in May assured a good fruit set in the vineyard. This was followed by an unprecedented 46-day heat spell which began in early July. This delayed ripening as the vines shuttered to conserve moisture in lieu of opening up to photosynthesize. With patience and good luck, we harvested on the morning of November 2nd, the latest harvest on record. Merlot from Block 5 of our Creston Vineyard serves as the base for this Cuvée. Block 5 is located on the highest part of the ranch where the soils are extremely lean and gravelly. With stringent farming, this site consistently produces fruit with low cluster weights and size but high concentration and aromatic intensity. This vintage we included a large percentage of Malbec in the blend to elevate high-tone red fruit aromas and bring a plump, yet focused mouthfeel to the palate.