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J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Chocolate, herb and carob come together on the nose with lightly beefy base notes and plenty of spicy top notes. Soft and a bit plump in the mouth, this is slightly creamy with bright red cherry fruit saturating the palate. There’s a nice layer of wood spice floating under the fruit, with a vanilla cream accent popping on the back end. The back end shows a touch of sweetness balanced by the emerging drying notes of the wood tannin, lending this a bit of a creme caramel and raspberry finale. 86pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/01/2012

Chocolate, herb and carob come together on the nose with lightly beefy base notes and plenty of spicy top notes. Soft and a bit plump in the mouth, this is slightly creamy with bright red cherry fruit saturating the palate. There’s a nice layer of wood spice floating under the fruit, with a vanilla cream accent popping on the back end. The back end shows a touch of sweetness balanced by the emerging drying notes of the wood tannin, lending this a bit of a creme caramel and raspberry finale. 86pts


Member Reviews for J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles

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Snooth User: wlstiles3
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2014 03/31/2017

Merlot gets a bad rap. This is a very good wine.


Snooth User: Rewa
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/02/2013

Excellent wine for the price, dark, rich, black cherry notes.


Snooth User: Michael C Butler
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/01/2012

A very sweet and fruitful merlot. Reminds me of some pinot noirs.


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/05/2012

J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot fruity for a merlot.


Snooth User: chooki666
726289185
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/17/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: doro72phil
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/24/2014

I tried the 2007 1/2 bottle and was impressed. Learned this "Merlot" is actually a "Bordeaux Blend." I'd like to know the percentages of Merlot, Cab. Sauv., Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cab. Franc which made this vintage.


Snooth User: graphicnatured
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/15/2010

A friend brought this over last night and stood out among the other wines we had. It was a pleasant surprise.


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External Reviews for J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles

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Source: We Speak Wine
04/11/2018

Vintage: Paso Robles saw a fourth consecutive year of low rainfall in 2015. The dry conditions experienced locally mirrored the extreme climatic trends witnessed across the entire state of California. Budbreak was early, as is typical in dry years, with vines coming out of dormancy in mid-March. Good growing conditions in April brought rapid shoot growth, but were followed by an unusually cold period in early May that reduced our Merlot crop yield by roughly 30% due to shatter. This lighter crop ripened readily, with the earliest pick occurring on September 10th, and the final pick on the 26th. The top lots for Los Osos move quickly from the press pan to the barrel room, where they finish malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels. A month later these barrels are reblended to incorporate the Malbec component, before the entire blend returns to the barrel room for a year of rest. The 2015 Los Osos Merlot can be splash decanted to open up its full aroma potential at your table. Vineyards: 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, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of Italian clones of Merlot. We grow our Merlot grapes in the moderately cool El Pomar district of Paso Robles, which is generally acknowledged to be the ideal area for this variety in the Paso Robles AVA. Planted on Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils, these well-drained but relatively poor soils limit vine vigor and support wine quality. Winemaker’s Comments: Our 2015 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot shows an intense and properly matured red hue in the glass. Varietal aromas of black cherry and anise are integrated with a barrel signature of hazelnut, dark chocolate, and baking spice. We use whole berry fermentation and a generous amount of Malbec in this blend to accentuate bright fruit tones and provide a rich, lengthy finish. —Steve Peck, red winemaker Food Pairings: Delicious with summer grilled sausages or herb-roasted chicken. COMPOSITION (BLEND): 91% Merlot 9% Malbec MATURATION: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak BARREL TYPE: American oak from Missouri forests, primarily light and medium toast with toasted heads PH: 3.66 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.58 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 13.9% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.12 g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 07/20/2017

Vintage: The third in a trio of strong vintages for Paso Robles, the wines of 2014 are showing dense and aromatically expressive, with high ripeness levels reminiscent of 2004. With less than half of the usual winter rainfall in the ground, spring growth rocketed as degree days racked up at a faster pace than we’ve seen in a decade. A somewhat warm veraison period at the end of July pushed tannin levels upward and led to the earliest picking dates on record for most of our vineyard blocks. Achieving sugar ripeness was never in question in this warm vintage, but we certainly benefitted from the J. Lohr “early water deficit” farming practices that hasten seed ripeness and achieve early phenolic maturity. The exceptionally fine tannins of the 2014 Los Osos Merlot have this wine showing quite well upon release. Vineyards: 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, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in the moderately cool El Pomar district of Paso Robles which is generally acknowledged to be an ideal area for this variety. Planted on Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils, these well-drained but relatively poor soils limit vine vigor and support wine quality. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2014 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Plummy fruit aromas are integrated with a chocolaty barrel signature of mocha and baking spice. Whole berry fermentation with a generous use of Malbec in the blend accentuates the fine tannins, bright fruit tones and lengthy finish. — Steve Peck, red winemaker COMPOSITION (BLEND): 85% Merlot 15% Malbec PH: 3.65 TOTAL ACIDITY: .56 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 13.80% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.19 g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/23/2015

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: The 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents mature red color with a raspberry hue. Brambly fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of mocha and baking spice. Whole berry fermentation with a generous use of Malbec in the blend accentuates bright fruit tones on the palate, and leaves a lengthy finish. - Steve Peck, red winemaker FOOD PAIRINGS: An excellent pairing for cheese tortellini or herb-roasted chicken. VINTAGE: Have you ever noticed how good things often come in threes? The 2013 vintage of Los Osos Merlot sits right in the middle of three strong vintages for Paso Robles and may be remembered as the best vintage since the revered 1997. Preseason rainfall was just over half of normal and vine growth started early for Merlot with budbreak coinciding with St. Patricks Day. An especially warm month of April pushed vines into an early-May bloom. Blessed with the most ideal weather one could hope for during the critical two weeks of veraison, we averaged 85 degrees for this period when color development occurs in the skin of the berries. This great weather led to some of the darkest-colored wines we’ve seen in our cellar. The harvest period came early and was unhampered by weather challenges like rain or frost which can be vexing. The 2013 Merlot crop was harvested over a ten-day period from the 5th to the 15th of September with great ripeness and flavor development evident in every glass of our J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot. VINEYARDS: 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, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components. Composition: 86% Merlot 14% Malbec pH: 3.7 Total Acidity: 0.63 g/100ml Alcohol: 13.8% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.16 g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/11/2014

The 2012 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Red fruit aromas of plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of dark chocolate and baking spice. Whole berry fermentation with a generous use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves ripe, soft tannins on the palate. — Steve Peck, red winemaker Composition (Blend): 87% Merlot 12% Malbec 1% Petite Sirah Maturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak Barrel type: American oak from Missouri forests, light and medium toast with toasted heads pH: 3.7 Total Acidity: .55 g/100ml Alcohol: 13.93% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.19 g/100ml


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/11/2014

The aroma is dominated by blueberry, raspberry and cherry fruit and layered with lifted spicy, cedary oak. The palate is greated by an array of red fruits similar to those on the nose, with tar, cedar and forest floor adding complexity. The wine has a full mid-palate and finish that carries the wine through, with a lingering hint of fruit and licorice spice.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 08/21/2013

The 2011 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Savory fruit aromas of black plum and pomegranate are integrated with a barrel signature of cocoa and cedar. Our winemaking style and use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves ripe, soft tannin on the palate. - Steve Peck, red winemakerComposition (blend):84% Merlot11% Malbec5% Petit VerdotMaturation: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 08/21/2013

The 2010 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot presents a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Ripe fruit aromas of black cherry and pomegranate meld with the barrel signature of chocolate and coconut.Our winemaking style and use of Malbec as a blender accentuates the brighter fruit tones of Merlot and leaves tacitly soft tannin on the palate. -Steve Peck, red winemakerPH: 3.69TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.66 g/100mlALCOHOL: 13.76 % by volumeRESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.17 g/100ml ** SOLD OUT **


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