J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced to honor the 80th birthday of founder Jerry Lohr. This limited release was specially selected and blended from the superb 2017 vintage in Paso Robles. It is both a tribute to Jerry's pioneering efforts in the region and our red wine portfolio's ultimate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vineyards & Cellar
Beck Vineyard, in the Creston District of Paso Robles, is a unique, high elevation site that sits at 1,700 feet above the early morning fog line. Its calcareous soils and cooling afternoon winds are perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet from this vineyard ripens early with excellent color, purity of fruit, and phenolic maturity. Incorporation of Cabernet Franc brings freshness to the blend, while the rare Bordeaux variety, Saint-Macaire, brings density and a savory character. Malbec add structure, color, and a component of bright fruit.
The hand-harvested grapes were destemmed and berry-sorted at the winery followed by a 24% saignée which brought concentration to the must prior to fermentation. A short five day maceration revealed luxurious color potential with ideal tannin extraction before pressing.
Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Sylvain, Nadalie, and Taransaud.