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J. Lohr Syrah South Ridge 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a dark garnet color with a vibrant hue. Rich, ripe aromas of blueberry and black tea are framed by a bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Savor flavors of blackberry fruit and dark chocolate as this dense vintage evolves and opens up in the glass. —Steve Peck, 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
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Editorial Reviews for J. Lohr Syrah South Ridge

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,037
2.50 5
02/21/2012

Not a lot on the nose, smells of slightly jammy red fruits, oak shavings, vanilla, marshmallow and a touch of VA. Bright on entry with a rather narrow mouth feel, but with nice, easy black raspberry fruit that’s framed in vanilla. This comes off as slightly sweet with a steeped tea quality to the tannins. The finish turns a bit sticky and then gets clipped by those tannins. Kind of fun but you can do better. 84pts


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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
4.00 5
02/16/2012

Mmmm violety and floral on the nose with very soft tones of cocoa butter. Lovely balanced fruit on the palette and oh so smooth! This is divine.


Snooth User: Bsberlin22
1020034731
3.00 5
02/16/2012

Fruit forward. Super clean!


Snooth User: heathbodell
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2.50 5
02/16/2012

Berry and nutty hints on the nose. A full cocoa body with a slightly tannic finish.


External Reviews for J. Lohr Syrah South Ridge

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Jammy blackberries and black currants on the nose show up again on the palate, where they are spiced up with a bit of black pepper and sour berry fruit. Panelists had mixed feelings about this wine's mouthfeel - some called it thick and syrupy, others though it smooth and full - but all agreed that it finishes quite tart.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Made like an Aussie Shiraz, this is a fresh, young red packed with jammy raspberry, cherry, raw meat and spice flavors. The finish is very dry, with zingy acids and a dusty bite of tannins.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Reduced to near invisibility, the wine is hidden behind a blue-black screen. At first tart and tight, it develops earthy scents of cow dung and sweeter blueberry syrup flavors with plenty of air. Decant it long before dinner, then serve with lamb.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A superb value, this dark ruby/purple-colored Syrah exhibits notions of black fruits, licorice, and toasty French oak. Medium-bodied and well-made, with loads of up-front fruit, excellent balance, a nicely textured mid-palate, and a serious finish, it should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This competent, deep ruby/purple-hued Syrah offers attractive black currant fruit, good acidity, and a medium-bodied palate impression. A good value, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Deeply colored, youthful, plum red in color, the 1998 South Ridge Syrah has layered aromas of violets and rose with cherries, plum jam and berry fruit with roasted meat, licorice and orange peel. The flavors are full and plump, with red fruits, roasted meat and anise. Intensely flavored and extracted, this is both a big and a soft wine, with a balance of fruit, tannin and French oak that makes it an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats with rosemary, fennel and garlic.



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Tasting Notes:

Ripe aromas of blueberry and black tea framed by a bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder and brown sugar.

This wine has a dark garnet color with a vibrant hue. Rich, ripe aromas of blueberry and black tea are framed by a bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Savor flavors of blackberry fruit and dark chocolate as this dense vintage evolves and opens up in the glass. —Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Notes: French and American oak, 24% new oak barrels.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.65 grams per liter

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