2021 J. Lohr Cuvée POM Red Blend
The 2021 J. Lohr Cuvée POM showcases aromas of black cherry, blueberry, and blackberry layered with baked pie crust and cocoa powder. Vibrant acidity, persistent fresh berry flavors, and a plump mid-palate lead to a long finish with notes of dried cherries and clove.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker and Steve Peck, vp, winemaking
Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Vibrant upon release. With proper cellaring, ideal consumption in 2025 to 2029.8 Years
Perfect with Spanish-style paella or a grilled ribeye with shallots.
Inspiration for J. Lohr Cuvée POM comes from the Grand Cru wines of Pomerol on Bordeaux’s famed Right Bank. These legendary wines are traditionally composed of Merlot and/or Cabernet Franc, with additions of other traditional Bordeaux red varieties. At J. Lohr, our winemaking team is given the freedom to emulate these great wines through the prism of our world-class Paso Robles fruit
VINEYARDS & VINTAGE
The 2021 vintage delivered unparalleled quality to the Paso Robles region. We received generous preseason rainfall in January 2021, but an especially dry late winter and spring followed. The dry conditions forced the vines to produce small but concentrated berries, typical of drought years in Paso Robles. Happily, consistent mild daytime temperatures paired with cool nights kept berries fresh and allowed Paso Robles winegrowers the luxury of patience to harvest grapes at optimal ripeness. As a result, extractable anthocyanin content from red grapes in Paso Robles reached an all-time high in 2021, with resulting wines handily eclipsing color density levels of the acclaimed 2007, 2013, and 2019 vintages. Block 5 is located on the highest part of our J. Lohr Creston Vineyard; here the soils are extremely lean and gravelly. With stringent farming, this site consistently produces Merlot fruit with low cluster weights and size but high concentration and aromatic intensity. We’ve included a fairly high percentage of Malbec in the final blend to elevate high-tone red fruit aromas and help bring a plump yet focused mouthfeel to the palate.