Dark, rich and dramatically structured, with ultra-refined black and red currant, cherry, violet, cedar and smoke flavors that are grounded by a firm minerality. It’s a Bordeaux blend based on Cabernet Franc.
A classic Napa Cab from this great vintage. Mesmerizes with new oak, blackcurrant and cassis aromas, and the first sip explodes with blackberries, cherries and vanilla. The tannins are fine, soft, ripe and sweet. Completely satisfying all the way.
Big, big, big, in every respect. Fruit, acids, oak, body, extract, it’s all packed into a huge wine that fills the mouth with citrus, apple and guava flavors wrapped in a rich, custardy texture. Yet the wine is balanced and elegant. Calls for high-end pairing at the table.
This is the winery’s Pauillac-style wine, almost entirely Cab. It’s a very good wine, close to a great one. Shows real varietal character with intense cassis aromas and flavors, accented by plenty of oak. The tannins are similar to a Sonoma mountain Cab, firm, dry and dusty, suggesting ageworthiness. Best now through 2012.
What a gigantic improvement J. Lohr has been making lately in its Cabernets and Bordeaux blends. This latest to come out is a single-vineyeard beauty, rich in tannic structure, with deep, complex flavors of blackberries, cocoa dust, cedar and Indian spices. Appeals now for sheer deliciousness.
A lovely, succulent Pinot, whose direct fruity richness makes it immediately enjoyable. Braced with adequate Monterey acids, it has deep flavors of red and black currants, anise, cola and smoky, oaky vanilla. This is an inaugural wine from J. Lohr, and a very promising one.
Good results almost always occur when J. Lohr, most of whose red wines come from Paso Robles, uses Cabernet Sauvignon from this Napa Valley vineyard. The 2009 is the best effort yet: It’s very rich in black currant flavor, yet it is perfectly balanced, with fine acidity and smooth tannins. Drink this lovely wine now and over the next six years.
Rich aromas of cherry, mint, cedar, and vanilla open this forward and inviting wine. Plum, spice, and sweet chocolate flavors with a dusty earth quality mark the palate. Quite drinkable; the mouthfeel is rich and fairly soft, but with adequate acidity. Finishes attractively. Good now through 2006.