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J. Lohr Cuvée St. E 2005

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VINTAGE The 2005 vintage proved a remarkable challenge for our J. Lohr Cuve program. Despite a return to healthy rainfall, berry size was larger than average in 2005, which delayed ripening. We bled our best blocks of Bordeaux varietals to concentrate the flavors, but with the exception of Cabernet Franc, the sole cuve to meet our quality standards was Cuve St. E. Cabernet Franc typically is one of the first Bordeaux varietals to ripen, and although finicky, continues to surprise us with its consistent finish each year as one of our top wines. CUVE ST. E The inspiration for J. Lohr Cuve St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We give ourselves the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.TECHNICAL DATAOrigin:Paso RoblesComposition:45% Cabernet Franc, 44% Petit Verdot, 5.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.4% MerlotHarvest Dates:Cabernet Franc - October 3rd, 2005Petit Verdot September 24, 2005Process:Harvest late-morning, destemmed and crushed to stainless steel fermentersHarvest Chemistries:25.7 Brix average, pH=3.59, Total Acidity=0.45 g/100 mlVinification:Yeast:Lalvin D254Fermentation:Stainless steel fermentedTemperature:87FExtended Maceration:7 DaysMalolactic:Inoculation in stainless steel and completion in 100% New French oak barrels.Maturation:21 Months in 80% New French oak barrelsBarrel Type:80% New French oak barrel Bordeaux Chateau Ferr-style barrels (60.9 gallons)Forests:Center of FranceCooper(s):Tonnellerie Sylvain, Tonnellerie Vicard and Tonnellerie Bel Air, Bordeaux, FrancePost-Maturation:Bulldog rack from barrels, membrane filtered to bottleBottling Date:July 16, 2007Bottle Aging:13 months in bottle prior to releaseBottling Chemistries:pH:3.65Total Acidity:0.65 g/100 mlAlcohol:14.99% by volumeProduction:1,200 6-bottle casesWINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2005 J. Lohr Cuve St. E is dark red-purple in color with aromas of sour cherry, coffee and violet, with touches of chocolate, vanilla, honey and toasted oak from twenty one months aging in new French oak barrels. The wine displays the true varietal nature of Cabernet Franc, with ample weight and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and the maturation time. On release, this wine will already have one year of bottle age but will develop additional complexity well into the future. In its youth, it should be enjoyed with pan-seared filet mignon, or ribeye steak with a berry-infused reduction sauce. We recommend decanting one hour prior to serving.Jeff Meier, winemaker

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

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VINTAGE The 2005 vintage proved a remarkable challenge for our J. Lohr Cuve program. Despite a return to healthy rainfall, berry size was larger than average in 2005, which delayed ripening. We bled our best blocks of Bordeaux varietals to concentrate the flavors, but with the exception of Cabernet Franc, the sole cuve to meet our quality standards was Cuve St. E. Cabernet Franc typically is one of the first Bordeaux varietals to ripen, and although finicky, continues to surprise us with its consistent finish each year as one of our top wines. CUVE ST. E The inspiration for J. Lohr Cuve St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We give ourselves the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.TECHNICAL DATAOrigin:Paso RoblesComposition:45% Cabernet Franc, 44% Petit Verdot, 5.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.4% MerlotHarvest Dates:Cabernet Franc - October 3rd, 2005Petit Verdot September 24, 2005Process:Harvest late-morning, destemmed and crushed to stainless steel fermentersHarvest Chemistries:25.7 Brix average, pH=3.59, Total Acidity=0.45 g/100 mlVinification:Yeast:Lalvin D254Fermentation:Stainless steel fermentedTemperature:87FExtended Maceration:7 DaysMalolactic:Inoculation in stainless steel and completion in 100% New French oak barrels.Maturation:21 Months in 80% New French oak barrelsBarrel Type:80% New French oak barrel Bordeaux Chateau Ferr-style barrels (60.9 gallons)Forests:Center of FranceCooper(s):Tonnellerie Sylvain, Tonnellerie Vicard and Tonnellerie Bel Air, Bordeaux, FrancePost-Maturation:Bulldog rack from barrels, membrane filtered to bottleBottling Date:July 16, 2007Bottle Aging:13 months in bottle prior to releaseBottling Chemistries:pH:3.65Total Acidity:0.65 g/100 mlAlcohol:14.99% by volumeProduction:1,200 6-bottle casesWINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2005 J. Lohr Cuve St. E is dark red-purple in color with aromas of sour cherry, coffee and violet, with touches of chocolate, vanilla, honey and toasted oak from twenty one months aging in new French oak barrels. The wine displays the true varietal nature of Cabernet Franc, with ample weight and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and the maturation time. On release, this wine will already have one year of bottle age but will develop additional complexity well into the future. In its youth, it should be enjoyed with pan-seared filet mignon, or ribeye steak with a berry-infused reduction sauce. We recommend decanting one hour prior to serving.Jeff Meier, winemaker

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