J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Hilltop 2011

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, J. Lohr Vineyards is a pioneering winery in the Central Coast. As one of the first to produce Cabernet in Paso Robles they’ve staked out select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. With long summer days of intense sunshine, high, near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. Here the Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, and the vines struggle to produce deeply concentrated fruit. In 2011 vineyard yields were down considerably, averaging just 2.5 tons per acre in most blocks. There were fewer clusters with larger berries, which pushed the wines toward a softer tannin profile. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 1% Syrah aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. It scored 94 points in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition and Beverage Dynamics scored this Cab 97 points saying "A beautiful, harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Syrah from prime vineyard sites; aged 18 months in oak; smooth, balanced, full-bodied with rich layers of cherries and blackberries."

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his o... Read more
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his original vineyard, Jerry planted his first 280 acres of grapes beginning in 1972. Ideally suited for cool-climate winegrowing, these vineyards have become an acclaimed source for outstanding Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. At the heart of J. Lohr’s renowned red wine program are its 2,000 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Featuring warm, sunny days, cool nights and diverse soils, these vineyards have proven ideal for cultivating a flavorful array of grapes including voluptuous and complex Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Syrah and Zinfandel. Read less

External Reviews for J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Hilltop

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, J. Lohr Vineyards is a pioneering winery in the Central Coast. As one of the first to produce Cabernet in Paso Robles they’ve staked out select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. With long summer days of intense sunshine, high, near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. Here the Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, and the vines struggle to produce deeply concentrated fruit. In 2011 vineyard yields were down considerably, averaging just 2.5 tons per acre in most blocks. There were fewer clusters with larger berries, which pushed the wines toward a softer tannin profile. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 1% Syrah aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. It scored 94 points in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition and Beverage Dynamics scored this Cab 97 points saying "A beautiful, harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Syrah from prime vineyard sites; aged 18 months in oak; smooth, balanced, full-bodied with rich layers of cherries and blackberries."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/26/2014

The 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is darkly-colored with a red-purple hue. Varietal aromas of violet and ripe black plum are complemented by hazelnut, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. The dense but approachable mid-palate is followed by a round, intense fruit finish. - Steve Peck, winemakerAppellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CAComposition (Blend):90% Cabernet Sauvignon5% Petit Verdot4% Malbec1% SyrahFermentation: Primary fermentation in open-top and conventional stainless steel tanksMaturation: 18 months in 225 liter French oak barrels, 60% newBarrel Type: French oak, thick stave, very tight grainpH: 3.55Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100mlAlcohol: 14.20% by volumeResidual Sugar: 0.001 g/100ml (dry)



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