J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2005

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VINTAGE VINTAGE 2005 brought desired rains following four years of consistently dry weather in Paso Robles. Although ...

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Rich berry nose, but with some tightness after opening. Tight finish, but i expect some of that will blow off with time. Average - fine if you like... Read more

Lighter, simple, fruity. Enjoyable, especially for the price. Read more

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Snooth User: Philip James
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2.00 5
07/27/2007

Rich berry nose, but with some tightness after opening. Tight finish, but i expect some of that will blow off with time. Average - fine if you like fruity wines, but lacking in structure


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Lighter, simple, fruity. Enjoyable, especially for the price.


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Winemaker's Notes:

VINTAGE VINTAGE 2005 brought desired rains following four years of consistently dry weather in Paso Robles. Although this seemed to suit some of the Rhone varietals, the Bordeaux varietals generally sought water. The rains not only revitalized the vineyard but also brought some fairly large and consistent crops, resulting in expressive varietal fruit characters and ample depth in the mid- palate. 2005 also welcomed the first substantial crop from our Creston Vineyard. The fruit reached optimal ten days to two weeks later than our other estate vineyards--with harvest beginning September 11th and finishing October 4th--reflecting the cooler location and adding a bright color and varietal depth to the wine. MERLOT Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations and soil variation add complexity to our J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils on our Los Osos vineyard in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Los Osos, Paso Robles vineyard Composition: 81% Merlot, 6% Petite Sirah 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot Brix at harvest: 23.56-27.4° Brix Total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml pH at bottling: 3.52 Alcohol: 13.87% by volume Residual sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic in barrel, racked and blended after fermentation Maturation: 16 months aging in 30% new American and Hungarian oak barrels Bottling date: March 2007 WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The 2005 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a dark red color with purple hues and good density. The aroma is dominated by fresh blueberry and boysenberry fruit and layered with lifted spicy oak. The palate is greeted by an array of red fruits similar to those on the nose, with some cherry fruit thrown in for good measure. The wine has a full mid-palate and a firm finish that carries the wine through with a lingering hint of fruits and licorice spice. This wine would be ideal with barbeque meats and ribs dressed with your favorite sauce. Enjoy now or within ten years. Daniel Shaw, red winemaker MERLOT Traditionally, we harvest our Merlot in a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Additional complexity in our J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot comes from the vineyard itself through clone and rootstock combinations and soil variation. Our Merlot is grown in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils on our Los Osos vineyard in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Los Osos, Paso Robles vineyard Composition: 80% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 1% other Brix at harvest: 23.5-26.7° Brix Total acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml pH at bottling: 3.61 Alcohol: 13.6% by volume Residual sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic in stainless steel and 30% in barrel Maturation: 18 months aging in 30% new American and Hungarian oak barrels Bottling date: July 2006 WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The 2004 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a dark brick red color and good density. The aromas are classic Paso Robles Merlot, with blueberry and cherry fruit with added tar and anise spice from the oak. There is ample fresh fruit on the palate with a full but subtle body and finish. This wine will be rewarded by cellaring three to ten years. If patience is not your strong suit, drink it tonight with some pork fillet rubbed with sage and black pepper, (and don't forget a little garlic and onion powder with some salt and brown sugar). Enjoy! Daniel Shaw, red winemaker

VINTAGE VINTAGE 2005 brought desired rains following four years of consistently dry weather in Paso Robles. Although this seemed to suit some of the Rhone varietals, the Bordeaux varietals generally sought water. The rains not only revitalized the vineyard but also brought some fairly large and consistent crops, resulting in expressive varietal fruit characters and ample depth in the mid- palate. 2005 also welcomed the first substantial crop from our Creston Vineyard. The fruit reached optimal ten days to two weeks later than our other estate vineyards--with harvest beginning September 11th and finishing October 4th--reflecting the cooler location and adding a bright color and varietal depth to the wine. MERLOT Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations and soil variation add complexity to our J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils on our Los Osos vineyard in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Los Osos, Paso Robles vineyard Composition: 81% Merlot, 6% Petite Sirah 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot Brix at harvest: 23.56-27.4° Brix Total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml pH at bottling: 3.52 Alcohol: 13.87% by volume Residual sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic in barrel, racked and blended after fermentation Maturation: 16 months aging in 30% new American and Hungarian oak barrels Bottling date: March 2007 WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The 2005 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a dark red color with purple hues and good density. The aroma is dominated by fresh blueberry and boysenberry fruit and layered with lifted spicy oak. The palate is greeted by an array of red fruits similar to those on the nose, with some cherry fruit thrown in for good measure. The wine has a full mid-palate and a firm finish that carries the wine through with a lingering hint of fruits and licorice spice. This wine would be ideal with barbeque meats and ribs dressed with your favorite sauce. Enjoy now or within ten years. Daniel Shaw, red winemaker MERLOT Traditionally, we harvest our Merlot in a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Additional complexity in our J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot comes from the vineyard itself through clone and rootstock combinations and soil variation. Our Merlot is grown in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils on our Los Osos vineyard in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Los Osos, Paso Robles vineyard Composition: 80% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 1% other Brix at harvest: 23.5-26.7° Brix Total acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml pH at bottling: 3.61 Alcohol: 13.6% by volume Residual sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic in stainless steel and 30% in barrel Maturation: 18 months aging in 30% new American and Hungarian oak barrels Bottling date: July 2006 WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The 2004 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a dark brick red color and good density. The aromas are classic Paso Robles Merlot, with blueberry and cherry fruit with added tar and anise spice from the oak. There is ample fresh fruit on the palate with a full but subtle body and finish. This wine will be rewarded by cellaring three to ten years. If patience is not your strong suit, drink it tonight with some pork fillet rubbed with sage and black pepper, (and don't forget a little garlic and onion powder with some salt and brown sugar). Enjoy! Daniel Shaw, red winemaker

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