J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot (Paso Robles) Central Coast, CA 2009

Tasting:          Date: September 05, 2012

Varietal:         Merlot

Country:         USA, CA

Tasting Date Price:  $16.99

Rating:  WE 87

Alcohol Content:  13.9%

Vineyard Website:  http://www.jlohr.com/

Visual Aspect:  Plum red

Nose:  Blueberry, raspberry & violet

 

Palate:  dried cherries with a bouquet of vanilla, caramel & toasted oak

Food Pairing:  The heartiest beef, lamb or wild game dishes; cheese tortellini, crab bisque or herb roasted chicken.

WE 2008 87 Good price for a Merlot this tasty. It’s softly tannic & juicy, rich & fat in black cherry pie, bacon & toast flavors. A versatile full-bodied red wine for drinking now.

Wine Notes: 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 recently planted 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.

Vilification: Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks Malolactic: 100% malolactic Maturation: 12 months in barrel Alcohol: 13.9% by volume Cellaring: Delicious now, but has the structure to age up to 5 years.

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2009 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are accentuated by the high fraction of Malbec in this year’s blend. The toasty oak signature is reminiscent of hazelnut and dark chocolate. This soft red wine has a fine texture on the palate and finishes with a bright Rainier cherry fruit signature. —Steve Peck, red winemaker

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