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2021 J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points Wine Spectator, April 2024

Displays fragrant black cherry and cassis layered with hazelnut and patisserie aromas from French oak barrel aging. Dark berry flavors saturate the palate and intertwine with well-tuned tannins and spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa.

— Brenden Wood, red winemaker

Wine Details

  • Origin

    St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

  • Cellaring

    Gratifying when enjoyed young but can age with sophistication for 12 years or more.

    12 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Grilled ribeye steak with rosemary and shallots, or porcini pork tenderloin.

  • Vinification

    Fermentation: Délestage during peak fermentation and 3 punch- downs daily

    Time in Barrel: 18 months in French oak barrels - 54% new

    Barrel Type: Bordeaux export

Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time

A donation from every bottle sold of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is made to support and further National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. programs.

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of J. Lohr’s heartfelt partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. The Touching Lives initiative began when the Lohr family designated the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a commemorative release in honor of founder Jerry Lohr’s late wife. Carol Waldorf Lohr passed away in 2008 due to complications from breast cancer.

Today, $3 from every purchase of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, whether at your local restaurant, wine shop, online or at our Wine Centers, is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since the program’s inception, sales from J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard releases have supported early breast cancer detection, access to mammograms, patient navigation systems, and the delivery of HOPE Kits (a gift box of comforting items) to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. These programs continue to build on a partnership that has funded over 8,000 mammograms for women who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

We’re Encouraging Women to Take Charge

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. J. Lohr is continuing to advocate for women’s empowerment through knowledge and body self-awareness. It’s never too early to become one’s own best health advocate, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation has the resources to help.


Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena along the Napa River. It is planted to 27 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309 rootstock). The well-drained, gravelly, sandy loam soil here and the Bordeaux-like climate of the Napa Valley is ideally suited to producing richly textured, luxury-quality Cabernet.


During the 2021 vintage, Napa Valley experienced its second consecutive year of drought conditions. The lack of rain led to natural vine balance and modest yields with small berries. The daytime temperatures in Napa Valley remained relatively moderate throughout the summer and autumn, allowing for patience in harvesting fruit at optimal ripeness. We hand-picked Cabernet Sauvignon on September 17th and October 8th and sorted berries using our Pellenc Selectiv system followed by a two-day cold soak. After fermentation on skins, the wine was racked to French oak barrels for 18 months of elevage.

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