2019 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Buena Vista Road Vineyard Saint-Macaire
Wine Enthusiast, August/September 2021
The 2019 J. Lohr Saint-Macaire is inky purple in color. Aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry, and milk chocolate are followed by unique smoky notes that are typical of this rare variety. The wine displays dense and fleshy texture with pure fruit intensity on the palate and a bright cherry finish. Enjoy with grilled red meats and roasted potatoes, or a charcuterie board of quality cured hams and aged cheeses.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
Estrella District, Paso Robles, CA
This 2019 Saint-Macaire was grown at the Buena Vista Road Vineyard in the warmer Region III climate of the Estrella District in Paso Robles; conditions here are ideal for late-ripening reds such as this rare Bordeaux variety. The grape gets its name from the French village of Saint-Macaire, in the appellation of Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire. Over the past 50 years, plantings of this heritage variety in the Bordeaux region have dwindled to less than one acre in its country of origin, just as it has gained popularity in California where it may be better adapted to the dry climate. Clone 03 cuttings for this planting were secured from the Foundation Plant Services mother block at the University of California, Davis in 2014. The planting is laid out on north-south rows on calcareous shale Nacimiento-Ayar soil. Aged eighteen months in French oak Bordeaux Export-style cooperage, with 20% being new wood. Only 172 cases produced. Certified California Sustainable