J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) Central Coast, CA 2009

Tasting:          Date: September 05, 2012

Varietal:         Cabernet Sauvignon

Country:         USA, CA

Tasting Date Price:  $11.99

Rating:  WE 86

Alcohol Content:  13.5%

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

Visual Aspect: Deep purple

Nose:  Oak & cedar with cherry & spice

Palate:  Blackberry with a hint of coffee

Food Pairing:  Steaks, tomato based pastas

J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) Central Coast, CA

Winery notes: Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 170 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California’s third largest and fastest growing wine region.

The Central Coast of California is producing excellent wines. In San Luis Obispo County the climate for the most part is cool, influenced by the cool ocean breezes of the Pacific Ocean. But the largest AVA in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles is cut off from the cool ocean breezes by the mountain range to the west, and is too far inland to be cooled off by ocean fogs. As a result, Paso Robles AVA is the hottest region in Central Coast, and is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
The J. Lohr Estates 2008 Seven Oaks Cab has a deep ruby purple color to it, and on the nose were aromas of blackberries, black plums, currants, and a hint of spice. On the palate were flavors of blackberries, plums, prunes, wood, and tar. This is a nice wine, with good tannins, a mid-to-long finish, and is reasonably priced.

Winemakers Notes:  A buoyant red-purple color with bright hues. Generous aromas of black cherry, black currant and plum fruit, complemented by vanilla, tar and toasty notes from the twelve to fourteen months in barrel. On the palate, the fruit flavors echo the aroma, complexed with blackberry and a plump, softly texture mouthfeel and finish.  Jeff Meier, winemaker

Vintage Notes: The 2008 growing season presented significant challenges to California winegrowers. Spring and autumn frosts–coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation–claimed much of the prized crop. Yields were at half of normal levels in the Paso Robles AVA, depending on variety, microclimate and cultural practices. This was the second consecutive vintage of drought, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size. The silver lining, of course, is that the reduced berry size made for high extract, intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The quality of the 2008 vintage is apparent in the wine’s density and strong regional expression of black cherry and blackberry fruit, with melted, dark chocolate tannin flavors

Vineyard Notes: 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 and complement the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce–including Petit Verdot and Merlot–to add balance and weight to the wine.

Tasting Notes:  Generous aromas of black cherry, currant and plum fruit, complemented by vanilla, and toasty oak notes. A complex wine with a plump, soft textured mouthfeel and long finish. Highly complementary to a wide range of foods. Try it with tomato based pasta or a London Broil


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