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J. Lohr 'Seven Oaks' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Red fruit, vanilla, herbs and toasted spices come together on a nose that is fresh and well-balanced. Rather firm and dry in the mouth, there's an underlying minerality here that adds depth to the palate. The tannins are slightly austere, balancing out the fruit ripe with wild cherry, plum and pomegranate flavors. The back end shows some wood spice which becomes obvious on the long, slightly sticky, jammy wild cherry finish which shows a bit of peppery spice as well. A solid wine for the money. 87pts

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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 'Seven Oaks' Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/17/2012

Red fruit, vanilla, herbs and toasted spices come together on a nose that is fresh and well-balanced. Rather firm and dry in the mouth, there's an underlying minerality here that adds depth to the palate. The tannins are slightly austere, balancing out the fruit ripe with wild cherry, plum and pomegranate flavors. The back end shows some wood spice which becomes obvious on the long, slightly sticky, jammy wild cherry finish which shows a bit of peppery spice as well. A solid wine for the money. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/09/2013

Big black currant and black plum fruit greet the nose over black olive, bay leaf, roast beef, tobacco and mint nuances. This is dry, linear and compact on entry with a lovely brambly black currant perfume. There's plenty of tannins here but they're not too dry and they are well covered by the earthy, slightly leather black fruits on the palate. Bordering on austere, this delivers a really compelling blend of savory olive and tobacco flavors along with the ripe and almost, but not quite, sweet black fruit. The finish is dominated by that same black fruit with oak spice lurking under the fruit. Not as long as one might hope but still lovely with a wild cherry streak running through it that pops on the finale. 92pts


Member Reviews for J. Lohr 'Seven Oaks' Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Valyrym
189680315
2.50 5
Vintage: 2013 08/11/2015

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Bob Jung
69212918
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 01/05/2011

I like it. Cat does not.


Snooth User: ApelsecS
10683501,606
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 11/29/2013

well, if you love cab and oak - this is your choice. It has smooth, raw simple texture with very typical Cab taste and yammy sweet flavor. Easy to start drinking, difficult to stop =) It has so much oak, that I feel more oak tannins instead of fruity aftertaste... Actually 15$ is a suitable price. I would take it somewhere in restaurant but not in shop.


Snooth User: PVA2013
13079811,242
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/30/2013

The Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Ripe fruit aromas of black plum, blueberry and cherry mix with a bouquet of toasted pastry, anise, and vanilla from a year of barrel aging. Mature and round on the palate, the cool 2011 vintage has a high toned fruit signature and soft finish. -Steve Peck, Red Winemaker


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
1157885634
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 10/03/2013

The Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Ripe fruit aromas of black plum, blueberry and cherry mix with a bouquet of toasted pastry, anise, and vanilla from a year of barrel aging. Mature and round on the palate, the cool 2011 vintage has a high toned fruit signature and soft finish.


Snooth User: tjjm
1376534391
1.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/11/2016

bought 2010 for $16.98 at Dierbergs very nice bouquet. Grape in the beginning then the plum and perhaps some raspberry comes thru. Smooth on the tongue while going down but the after taste felt.more like a coat without flavor.


Snooth User: Pat Ferraioli
132944289
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 10/04/2013

Haven't had a bad wine from J.Lohr Vineyards, their Merlot is also very good and there prices are even better !


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External Reviews for J. Lohr 'Seven Oaks' Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/23/2018

Vintage: While preseason and early season rains were short of average, the timing was ideal for vine health and wine quality in 2016. Every phenological marker including budbreak, bloom, and veraison occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than normal. Buds pushed around the 17th of March in our Cabernet vineyards near the winery, following heavy rains earlier in the month. Vine canopy growth propelled throughout the spring, bouyed by light rains in April and a pleasant bloom period in early May. Tannin structure was amplified by a warm veraison period beginning the third week of July. Good ripening weather brought the peak Cabernet harvest in early, between October 1st and 15th at brix levels over 25° with great wine color. Vineyards: The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in our estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center and at two newer sites just north on the J. Lohr Sinclair and J. Lohr Jones Ranches. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones widely planted in Paso Robles. The soils in our 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 the palate of Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2016 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and dense to the rim of the glass. Layered aromas of black currant, blueberry and cherry are accentuated by an authentic barrel bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder, and dark roasted coffee. High-toned red berry fruit strikes the fore-palate, and follows with brigh acidity and a full structure that is both dense and soft at once. — Steve Peck, red winemaker Food Pairings: Delicious paired with wild mushroom risotto or an herb encrusted rack of lamb with creamy parmesan polenta. MATURATION: 12 months aging in 60-gallon American oak barrels, 22% new PH: 3.64 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.62 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.0% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.16 g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 12/01/2017

Vintage: We witnessed a fourth consecutive year of low rainfall in the Paso Robles growing region in 2015. These dry conditions followed the extreme climatic trends seen 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 were followed by an unusually cold period in early May that disrupted bloom, resulting in a significant reduction in our Cabernet Sauvignon crop size due to shatter. The majority of our blocks were down in yields, with most vines bearing just half the typical number of berries on each cluster. The small crop ripened readily as fall approached, with this early harvest beginning in earnest on September 15th. Young wines showed explosive fruit and concentration right off the bat, and our enthusiasm for the vintage continued as we assembled the blends prior to barrel aging. As the 2015 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon approaches its release date, we can appreciate the integration of ripe flavor and mature texture that is the result of J. Lohr’s use of traditional Bordeaux winegrowing techniques. Vineyards: The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in our estate 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 plantings from indigenous 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 the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2015 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is dark in color with a bright hue. Layered aromas of cassis and black cherry are accented by an authentic barrel bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa, and toasted pastry. Sturdy tannins strike the palate and finish with the high-toned fruit signature that typifies the Paso Robles growing region. —Steve Peck, red winemaker COMPOSITION (BLEND): 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Petite Sirah 7% Petit Verdot 5% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc 1% other red varieties PH: 3.65 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.60 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 13.9% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.2 g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/25/2017

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2014 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is dark in color with a bright hue at release. Layered fruit aromas of cherry and plum are accented by an authentic barrel bouquet of hazelnut, dark chocolate and toasted pastry. Sturdy tannins strike the palate and finish with the high-toned fruit signature that typifies the Paso Robles appellation. — Steve Peck, red winemaker Food Pairings: Sauté some mushrooms and snack on a few bruschetta as you relax and barbeque a garlic infused tri-tip roast. Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 7% Petite Sirah 5% Petit Verdot 2% Syrah 2% other red varietals Maturation: 12 months aging in 60-gallon oak barrels


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/30/2015

VINTAGE: Ever noticed how good things often come in threes? The 2013 vintage of Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon sits right in the middle of three great years for Paso Robles Cabernet and may be remembered as the best vintage since the revered 1997. Pre-season rainfall was just over half of normal following the two wet and cool vintages of 2010 and 2011. Growth started early in Cabernet with budbreak just after St. Patrick’s Day, and we saw a very warm month in April that pushed us into bloom early in May. The greatest differentiator of the vintage was that daytime high temperatures for the critical two-week period of veraison were 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal. This allowed the berries to color up beautifully and led to some of the darkest wines we’ve seen in our cellar. Harvest was smooth sailing with most blocks being harvested the first three weeks of October. The 2013 vintage of Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon was “made in the vineyard” and brought to its fullest potential by aging a full year in our barrel cellars prior to bottling. VINEYARDS: The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate 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 plantings from indigenous 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 the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet. Composition Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petite Sirah 7% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot 3% Syrah 1% Cabernet Franc 3% other red pH: 3.73 Total Acidity: 0.6 g/100ml Alcohol: 13.9% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.2 g/100ml


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

Aromas od dark cherry, black currant, and berry fruit enhanced by spicy cedar, vanilla and toasty notes.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2011 10/23/2013

Tiefe, dunkelrote Farbe mit Violetttönen. Intensive, elegante und weiche Aromen von Heidelbeeren, schwarzenKirschen und Cassis. Danach eine Mischung aus Vanille, Schokolade, Thymian und Zedernholz. Im Gaumen voll, weich und lieblich mit reifen Tanninen und langem Abgang.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/24/2014

The Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Ripe fruit aromas of black plum, blueberry and cherry mix with a bouquet of toasted pastry, anise, and vanilla from a year of barrel aging. Mature and round on the palate, the cool 2011 vintage has a high toned fruit signature and soft finish. - Steve Peck, red winemakerAppellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CAComposition (blend):75% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Merlot8% Petite Sirah6% Petit Verdot3% SyrahMaturation: 12 months aging in traditional oak barrelsCellaring: Deliciously soft upon release, with adequate structure to age up to six years. ** SOLD OUT **


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<p>This is a limited-release Mourvedre wine, grown on 10-year vines planted in the lime-shale hillside of Paso Robles, south-west facing. &nbsp;Produced as a blend in the Rhone style, with a bit of Syrah that adds spiciness - a welcome addition to this wine.</p>


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