2019 J. Lohr Pure Paso® Proprietary Red Wine
Beverage Dynamics, March 2022
Savory varietal notes of Cabernet Sauvignon are layered with the overt dark fruit character of Petite Sirah. The bouquet of cocoa powder, caramel, and anise works in harmony with the black cherry fruit signature of this wine. Bright and focused on the palate with a firm and appetizing finish.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California
This Pure Paso Proprietary Red Wine highlights J. Lohr’s house-style, which is acclaimed for its dense and focused fruit signature, coupled with a soft, approachable palate. Best from 2022 to 2026.7 Years
Aged 18 months in American and French oak barrels.
Barrel Type: 60-gallon oak barriques, 20% new
Coopers: Vallaurine, Barrel Associates, Demptos, Seguin Moreau
Serve with Santa Maria-style grilled tri-tip seasoned with a simple garlic, salt, and pepper rub, along with grilled French bread, fresh salsa, and stewed pinquito beans for a classic coastal California feast.
An historic, artful blend of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah wines – two J. Lohr benchmark varieties in the central coast.
The Cabernet Sauvignon for the Pure Paso blend 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 is from the warmer Region III Estrella and San Miguel Districts. This warmer climate is ideal for heat-loving Petite Sirah, where we have manicured our east to west oriented plantings to capture sunlight on the leaves’ surface. This practice allows the grape clusters to reach a luxurious level of maturity in the dappled sunlight below the vine canopy.
Preseason rainfall was higher than normal in 2019, with 13 inches falling at the J. Lohr Home Ranch from November to March. An additional inch of rain fell after budbreak, which helped fill out canopy growth prior to the onset of summer weather. We normally see slightly later budbreak in wet years, as was the case in 2019. This delays the phenological stages for the entire vintage, including bloom, veraison, and harvest. We began the Pure Paso harvest with the Petite Sirah component, achieving ripeness the second week of October. Harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon component occurred the last two weeks of October.