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.
This hommage to Pauillac is darkly colored and powerful, with flavors of black currants and a decadent, dark chocolate note. There’s lots of flamboyant oak. Texturally, it’s soft in acids, with melted, smooth tannins, and the finish is dry. It’s a delicious, interesting wine, and a testament to J. Lohr’s ambitions with Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.
Very oaky, with scads of toast, caramel and smoky vanilla, and the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit stars with its cassis flavors. This is a dark, rich wine, young in tannins, bone dry, and easily on a par with the wonderful ’01. This bottling is raising the Cabernet bar in Paso Robles.
The blend in this Pauillac-inspired cuvée is based on Cabernet Sauvignon, resulting in a wine that’s slightly more structured than the others. Tobacco and cassis pick up hints of toffee and brown sugar on the finish. Drink now–2015.
The Pauillac-inspired, Cabernet Sauvignon-based cuvée, like the St. E, drew mixed reviews, with some tasters lauding its power and intensity, while another questioned its dusty astringency. Thankfully, there’s no denying its bold, black-currant fruit and mouth-filling flavors.