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J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

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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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

External Reviews for J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos Paso Robles

External Review
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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