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J Lohr Highland's Bench Pinot Noir 2010

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This intensely colored, fuschia-red Pinot Noir presents the jammy, wild strawberry dimensions of SLH terroir in its aroma. The bouquet is a fine layer of espresso coffee and sandalwood. Richly textured and supple, this inaugural vintage of Highlands Bench Pinot Noir leaves ripe fruit and a touch of sage on the finish. —Steve Peck, 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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Editorial Reviews for J Lohr Highland's Bench Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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2.50 5
01/30/2012

This is decidedly oaky on the nose, full of gingery spice with classic pineapple and lime aromas. A touch sweet and soft on entry, this is creamy with acids that perk up on the back end helping to define the pineapple fruit a touch more clearly. The wood spice is obvious but balanced by the fruit on the palate. You gotta love oak if you’re going to try this wine. 84pts


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Snooth User: rafferty
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2.50 5
01/14/2013

I brought this wine to a friends dinner party. He made Seafood Newburg for the main course. We found that this Chardonnay paired very well with the richness of the dish.


Snooth User: bogie427
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4.50 5
02/14/2012

Great value. Floral notes, long smooth oaky finish. A complex wine for a great price.


Snooth User: ejrooney01
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0.50 5
05/13/2012

Over whelming flavor of a sweet spicy pear. Strong butter taste.


Snooth User: kdionne
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5.00 5
12/04/2012

Five glasses


External Reviews for J Lohr Highland's Bench Pinot Noir

External Review
01/03/2013

This elegant Chardonnay has an attractive pale strawyellow color. The aromas are of pear, apple and stone fruits, combined with a perfumed roasted hazelnut and butterscotch bouquet from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. The flavors are very soft with ripe pear, tangelo citrus and vanilla toastiness, producing layers of complexity with a silky balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate-weight. -Jeff Meier, winemaker ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
05/30/2013

With strawberry jam, espresso coffee and sandalwood, this richly textured and supple Pinot Noir leaves ripe fruit and a touch of sage on the finish.


External Review
11/27/2012

This wine has a garnet color, and is adorned with aromas of red fruit, lilac, rose petal, vanilla and notes of sage and thyme. Tar, beeswax and oak frame the complex varietal character unique to Pinot Noir. Soft tannins.


External Review
12/05/2012

Mittelschweres Strohgelb mit Goldreflexen. Delikate Aromen von Limetten, Nektarinen, Pfirsich unterlegt von dezenten Röstaromen, Caramel, Butter und Vanille. Im Gaumen kräftig mit viel Schmelz und gut im Hintergrund eingebundenen Holzaromen. Sehr langer, erfrischender und warmer Abgang.


External Review
12/06/2012

Dezentes Strohgelb mit feinen Grüntonreflexen. Blumiges, komplexes Aroma mit Noten von Aprikosen, Pfirsichen, Melonen und Litchi. Ein äusserst erfrischender und spritziger Wein mit einem angenehmen Zusammenspiel zwischen Säure und Süsse.



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This intensely colored, fuschia-red Pinot Noir presents the jammy, wild strawberry dimensions of SLH terroir in its aroma. The bouquet is a fine layer of espresso coffee and sandalwood. Richly textured and supple, this inaugural vintage of Highlands Bench Pinot Noir leaves ripe fruit and a touch of sage on the finish. —Steve Peck, winemaker

Dietary Information: All-Natural

Closure: Cork

Notes: 228-liter Burgundy barrels, 55% new

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: .61 grams per liter

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