J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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VINTAGEThe 2004 vintage of our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon kicked off an unusually early harvest. Typically, we harvest around the end of September and run through middle to late October. In 2004, the fruit began rolling in on the 1st of September and was all but done by the end of the month. A warm, early spring and another year of below average rainfall brought bud break forward, ensuring an early harvest. Once again our yields were humble and we were able to achieve good depth of fruit character, but more importantly, the natural acidity and brightness of fruit was preserved with this harvest. As with most years in Paso, several heat spikes enabled us to harvest at varying degrees of ripeness and flavor profiles to add complexity to the blend. CABERNET SAUVIGNONThe backbone of the J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original planting material from Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of both the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce, including Merlot and Petit Verdot, to add balance and weight to the wine. TECHNICAL DATAOrigin:Seven Oaks, Paso Robles vineyardComposition:77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah, 4% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% other varietiesTotal Acidity:0.67 g/100 mlpH at Bottling:3.76Alcohol:13.83% by volumeResidual Sugar:DryVinification:Stainless steel fermentedMalolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and barrelsMaturation:14 to 16 months aging in combination American and Hungarian oakBottling Date:June 2006Sizes:375 ml, 750 ml, 1.5 L, 3 L WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2004 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark, brick-red color with purple hues and good density. Once again, the lovely cherry fruit aromas of Cabernet from Paso shine through with hints of licorice and marzipan, complemented by spicy, vanilla oak. On the palate, the bright cherry pie fruit dominates with blueberry/currant flavors in the background. Underlying the fruit is a full to mid-palate weight, with the soft texture of the tannins carrying through into a long and lingering finish. I will be enjoying my Seven Oaks Cabernet with some sausage and mushroom pizza this evening; it also pairs beautifully with most game, red meat or tomato-based dishes.Daniel Shaw, red winemaker

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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
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Member Reviews for J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: aroma
434939
3.50 5
02/14/2008

I used to be in love with this- It's nice and big- great with lamb or steak, but it's a little syrupy


Snooth User: dbhonig
283711,150
3.00 5
02/15/2009

Vanilla, brown sugar nose. Cherries and blueberries, vanilla, and a lot of brown sugar on toast. Very sweet and toasty. To me, this tasted like a mass-market in-your-face cabernet pretending its merlot. This bottle was a gift. If I had another, I would save it for the third bottle with friends who think wine comes in two flavors, red and white. Based upon that, my score may seem generous, but this wine is exactly what it intends to be, so I can't down rate it any more.


Snooth User: Troutfish
75946108
4.50 5
06/19/2008

Beautifully smooth Cabernet!


Snooth User: gtcoop
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4.50 5
12/31/2008

smoke, depth, heavy


Snooth User: agrigg
5588356
3.00 5
05/09/2008

A nice medium to full-bodied cab with a fruity, crisp flavor.


Snooth User: lazarusck
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5.00 5
01/19/2009

The spawn of a fat sexy Zinfandel and a smokey Cabernet! WOOF!


Snooth User: stto
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4.00 5
07/10/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

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01/29/2009

Winemaker Notes - Very dark, youthful red-purple in color, the 2004 vintage of J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has elegant aromas of black cherries, blackberries and black currants, with a bouquet of mint and toasty oak. The 2004 Hilltop



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VINTAGEThe 2004 vintage of our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon kicked off an unusually early harvest. Typically, we harvest around the end of September and run through middle to late October. In 2004, the fruit began rolling in on the 1st of September and was all but done by the end of the month. A warm, early spring and another year of below average rainfall brought bud break forward, ensuring an early harvest. Once again our yields were humble and we were able to achieve good depth of fruit character, but more importantly, the natural acidity and brightness of fruit was preserved with this harvest. As with most years in Paso, several heat spikes enabled us to harvest at varying degrees of ripeness and flavor profiles to add complexity to the blend. CABERNET SAUVIGNONThe backbone of the J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original planting material from Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of both the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce, including Merlot and Petit Verdot, to add balance and weight to the wine. TECHNICAL DATAOrigin:Seven Oaks, Paso Robles vineyardComposition:77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah, 4% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% other varietiesTotal Acidity:0.67 g/100 mlpH at Bottling:3.76Alcohol:13.83% by volumeResidual Sugar:DryVinification:Stainless steel fermentedMalolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and barrelsMaturation:14 to 16 months aging in combination American and Hungarian oakBottling Date:June 2006Sizes:375 ml, 750 ml, 1.5 L, 3 L WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2004 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark, brick-red color with purple hues and good density. Once again, the lovely cherry fruit aromas of Cabernet from Paso shine through with hints of licorice and marzipan, complemented by spicy, vanilla oak. On the palate, the bright cherry pie fruit dominates with blueberry/currant flavors in the background. Underlying the fruit is a full to mid-palate weight, with the soft texture of the tannins carrying through into a long and lingering finish. I will be enjoying my Seven Oaks Cabernet with some sausage and mushroom pizza this evening; it also pairs beautifully with most game, red meat or tomato-based dishes.Daniel Shaw, red winemaker

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