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J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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VINTAGE The characteristic constant sunshine, very warm days and cool nights produced grapes with intense color and flavor in 2003. Low rainfall also contributed to below-average yields and resulted in tiny Cabernet berries. Our hand was pushed a bit in the 2003 harvest in Paso Robles, with an early Indian summer edging the grapes to early ripeness. Optimum flavor and color development was achieved, with the harvest for Cabernet Franc commencing the 25th of September with sugar levels just over 26 degrees Brix! Closely working with our viticulturist Steve Carter, we constantly worked the very finicky Cabernet Franc vineyard from shoot thinning and green cluster removal, to thinning of "rosy berried" clusters just before harvest. The result is a beautiful Cabernet Franc wine – elegant and powerful like so many wines from the 2003 vintage. J. LOHR CUVÉE ST. E The J. Lohr Cuvée Series was designed to allow the winemakers a chance to blend small premium lots into cuvées that represent the basic varietals grown in three different areas of Bordeaux. In this case it is the Cuvée ‘St. E' which utilizes the major varietals of the St. Emilion region on the Right Bank. The major varietal in St. Emilion is Cabernet Franc, with varying amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot blended in. This wine, however, is by no means intended to resemble a Bordeaux wine, rather it is an attempt to showcase Paso Robles as a leader in the world of Cabernet Franc. So, each year, the very best selection is designated from our Cabernet Franc vineyard. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Paso Robles Composition: 73.7% Cabernet Franc, 24.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec and 0.8% Merlot Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml pH at Bottling: 3.58 Alcohol: 14.9% by volume Residual Sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic fermentation in new French oak Maturation: 20 Months in new French oak Bottling Date: August 2005 Production: 392 6-bottle cases WINEMAKERS COMMENTS The 2003 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E is very dark purple-red in color. The nose is very briary with blackberry and currant fruits with touches of mint, coffee and chocolate. The fruit is complemented with toasty French oak. The wine displays the full-bodied nature of Cabernet Franc with rich, briary fruit and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and oak. Upon release, this wine will already have 1 year bottle age, but will age well into the future. In its youth, it should be enjoyed with a hearty steak, or as it ages, with braised meats and stews. This wine should be allowed to breathe or decant prior to serving. 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

Member Reviews for J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Tiboutoo
27716134
5.00 5
06/01/2007

this is my "go to" wine. it's delicious and cheap.


Snooth User: jaessig
4171238
5.00 5
01/22/2008

Vanilla oak complexity with ripe cherry.


Snooth User: aishwarya
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4.00 5
03/29/2008

blackberry aroma, complex & savoury!



VINTAGE The characteristic constant sunshine, very warm days and cool nights produced grapes with intense color and flavor in 2003. Low rainfall also contributed to below-average yields and resulted in tiny Cabernet berries. Our hand was pushed a bit in the 2003 harvest in Paso Robles, with an early Indian summer edging the grapes to early ripeness. Optimum flavor and color development was achieved, with the harvest for Cabernet Franc commencing the 25th of September with sugar levels just over 26 degrees Brix! Closely working with our viticulturist Steve Carter, we constantly worked the very finicky Cabernet Franc vineyard from shoot thinning and green cluster removal, to thinning of "rosy berried" clusters just before harvest. The result is a beautiful Cabernet Franc wine – elegant and powerful like so many wines from the 2003 vintage. J. LOHR CUVÉE ST. E The J. Lohr Cuvée Series was designed to allow the winemakers a chance to blend small premium lots into cuvées that represent the basic varietals grown in three different areas of Bordeaux. In this case it is the Cuvée ‘St. E' which utilizes the major varietals of the St. Emilion region on the Right Bank. The major varietal in St. Emilion is Cabernet Franc, with varying amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot blended in. This wine, however, is by no means intended to resemble a Bordeaux wine, rather it is an attempt to showcase Paso Robles as a leader in the world of Cabernet Franc. So, each year, the very best selection is designated from our Cabernet Franc vineyard. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Paso Robles Composition: 73.7% Cabernet Franc, 24.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec and 0.8% Merlot Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml pH at Bottling: 3.58 Alcohol: 14.9% by volume Residual Sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic fermentation in new French oak Maturation: 20 Months in new French oak Bottling Date: August 2005 Production: 392 6-bottle cases WINEMAKERS COMMENTS The 2003 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E is very dark purple-red in color. The nose is very briary with blackberry and currant fruits with touches of mint, coffee and chocolate. The fruit is complemented with toasty French oak. The wine displays the full-bodied nature of Cabernet Franc with rich, briary fruit and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and oak. Upon release, this wine will already have 1 year bottle age, but will age well into the future. In its youth, it should be enjoyed with a hearty steak, or as it ages, with braised meats and stews. This wine should be allowed to breathe or decant prior to serving. Daniel Shaw, red winemaker

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic


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