2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Four years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol, who was the muse for Jerry’s Napa Valley vineyard, passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer. Since, the Lohr family has been working to curtail the impact of breast cancer in the lives of other families.

In 2009, we set out to provide 500 mammograms for women in need by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With more than 4,000 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our initial goal and need you to help us surpass the 5,000 mark by enjoying our wines, knowing that every bottle you and your loved ones purchase helps make a difference for those touched by cancer.  As we partner again with NBCF for the fourth year in a row, we will continue to expand our efforts to raise money in support of early detection, which has been proven to save lives.

Women often go above and beyond in caring for the health and safety of loved ones, but in the process, don’t take care of their own needs. With 2013 marking the campaign’s 5th year, J. Lohr is inspiring women to take the reins on their health by getting active, by finding ways to lower stress and by doing the things they love. An important part in the fight against breast cancer is the empowerment of women to be their own advocates for health and wellness, improving chances of early detection and ultimately, survival.

For more on NBCF’s Early Detection Plan, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breastcancer/Early-Detection-Plan.aspx

Normal winter rains returned to Napa Valley in the spring of 2010, after three years of drought. The cool, mild, growing conditions were favorable for flowering and setting a crop, albeit 2 weeks later than average. Cool summer temperatures further contributed to the late arrival of veraison, but were shortly followed by the season’s first heat spike the final week of August that greatly dehydrated the most exposed clusters on weaker vines. Cool weather prevailed through mid-September prior to a welcomed warm spell at the end the month that ripened the fruit on the parts of the ranch with thin soils. A second warm spell in October pushed the Cabernet on heavier soils to ripeness. The highly-concentrated phenolics in the 2010 vintage led us to employ shorter maceration times in the winemaking plan and to exclude press fractions from this wine, which shows dense structure and a ripe floral fruit signature.

Cases produced: 4,535 six-pack cases
A big wine in its youth, with a 10-year-plus aging aptitude

Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena, comprised of 16.4 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 and Bordeaux-like climate of the Napa Valley is ideally suited to produce luxury-quality Cabernet fruit.


Origin: J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley
Composition: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: October 2nd to 14th, 2010
Process: Hand-picked into half-ton bins and berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 25.4° Brix, total acidity 4.58, pH 3.58
Vinification: Yeast: Lallemand D-254
Fermentation: 6 ton open-top tanks using
delestage and punchdowns
Temperature: Peak to 95°F cap temperature
Maceration: 1 day cold soak, followed by 6 days fermentation
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels
Maturation: 18 months in French oak
barrels - 60% new
Barrel Type: 60 gallon Bordeaux export
Forests: Center of France, Allier
Coopers: Sylvain, Bel Air, Saury
Post-Maturation: Aged 9 months prior
to release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.63
Total Acidity: 0.65g/l00ml
Alcohol: 14.39% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry

Inviting black cherry, licorice and hazelnut aromas lead the 2010 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon tasting experience. Juicy, floral fruit and a big mid-palate structure best describe the vintage. Perhaps a greater aging aptitude than any previous vintage.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Excellent with grilled rib-eye steak with rosemary and shallots, or a roasted pork loin with porcini mushrooms and fennel.

Price: $40.00 750ml

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