2018 J. Lohr Pure Paso™ Proprietary Red Wine
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Wine Enthusiast, Jan. 2021
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California
This Pure Paso Proprietary Red Wine highlights J. Lohr’s house-style: dense and focused fruit signature, coupled with a soft, approachable palate. Best from 2021 to 2025.7 Years
Aged 18 months in American and French oak barrels.
Barrel Type: 60 gallon oak barriques, 20% new
Coopers: Demptos, Nadalie, St. Martin
Pairs well with tomato rice dishes like paella or creamy risotto. Exquisite with prime rib or a dense monkfish.
An historic, artful blend of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah wines – two J. Lohr benchmark varieties in the central coast.
The 2018 growing season will be remembered as the fourth in a string of near-normal rainfall years in Paso Robles after the extended drought. A stretch of warm weather in May assured a good bloom and fruit set on the developing clusters, and was followed by an unprecedented 46-day heat spell beginning in early July. We began the Pure Paso harvest with the Petite Sirah component from the Estrella and San Miguel Districts achieving ripeness in the second week of October. Harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon component occurred the last 10 days of October. The exceptional quality of the 2018 vintage joins the ranks of 1997, 2007, and 2013, with its depth of color, fruit intensity, and finesse.
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 the warmer Region III Estrella and San Miguel Districts. This warmer climate is ideal for heat-loving Petite Sirah. Here, we have manicured our east-to-west oriented plantings to capture sunlight on the leaf’s surface. This practice allows the grape clusters to reach a luxurious level of maturity in the dappled sunlight below the vine canopy.