2018 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E Red Blend
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This limited release J. Lohr Cuvée St. E captures the savory side of its Bordeaux varieties. It is dark in color with aromas of red currant, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The palate has a comfortable grip which persists with notes of green coffee bean, dried herbs, and plum. The tightly wound tannins of the Cabernet Franc component will present their greatest reward after a few years of bottle age. A perfect pairing for filet mignon with a shallot cream sauce or osso bucco-style braised veal shanks over a bed of polenta.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Paso Robles Cabernet Franc is the backbone of this wine, emulating many of the Right Bank wines of Saint-Émilion.
The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Émilion on Bordeaux’s famed Right Bank. These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot, often with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. We strive to emulate these great Bordeaux wines in style but as seen through the unique prism of our world-class Paso Robles-grown fruit. Aged 18 months in 225-liter French oak cooperage, 60% being new wood. Final cépage: 71% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot. Only 400 cases produced.