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2012 J. Lohr Late Harvest White Riesling

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of very cool years, which began in 2010. As such, 2012 started with even colder winter–and earlier spring– temperatures than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco region was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October. The cool, dry weather allowed for the perfect formation of Botrytis, or the “Noble Rot”. With no rain or late season humidity, the Botrytis-infected grapes shriveled gradually, ensuring ideal sugar and flavor concentration, with no grey rot or splitting of the grapes. On October 25th, our well-trained harvest crew hand-picked the vineyard, selecting only those clusters with ideal amounts of Noble Rot. From these ideal clusters, a sorting crew removed any green or overly botrysized berries, leaving only the best fruit. This resulted in a very low yield with extremely high quality.


VINEYARDS
Our Bay Mist White Riesling vineyards lie just north of Cypress Avenue in the heart of our original Greenfield vineyard plantings in the Arroyo Seco appellation. A portion of the vines currently in this vineyard were our first White Riesling vines, planted in 1972 by Jerry Lohr. The remainder were planted in 1995. The soils are largely Chualar loam, underlain by stones deposited by the Arroyo Seco river for over a millennium. The winds of the Salinas Valley are particularly intense in this area due to its position at the beginning of an elevated plateau just to the north.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% White Riesling
Harvest Date: October 25, 2012
Process: Hand-harvested in early morning, each cluster trimmed of unwanted berries, destemmed and crushed into press for 18 hours of skin contact.
Harvest Chemistries: 37.2° Brix, total acidity 0.79 g/100ml, pH 3.06
Vinification: Yeast: VL1
Fermentation: In 55 gallon stainless steel barrels
Temperature: 58°F
Maturation:
In 55 gallon stainless steel barrels with lees stirring every 2 weeks
pH at Bottling: 3.20
Total Acidity: 0.97 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.89% by volume
Residual Sugar: 13.59 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 277 (in 375ml bottles)
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 10 to 15 years
   

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This wine is the result of our meticulous selection of only the best Botrytis-affected berries. Its deep golden hues, firm acidity and layers of apricot, citrus oil and honeysuckle are reminiscent of the great Trockenbeerenauslese wines of Germany. The natural sweetness is balanced by both the acidity and palate structure.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with blue cheeses, nuts, apple tart or tropical fruit desserts.

Price: $25.00 375ml

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2012 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of very cool consecutive years, which began two years earlier. As such, 2012 began with even colder winter--and earlier spring temperatures- -than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco appellation was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October, ensuring a healthy crop and decreased mildew pressure. The vintage appeared to be trending late until a short but substantial heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd pushed our 2012 Pinot Noir crop to extreme ripeness. Hand-harvesting crews, working under chilly night time temperatures, delivered the cold fruit to the winery in excellent condition for sorting and fermentation. Dijon clone 667 represents about 60% of the Fog’s Reach blend in 2012, giving it great fruit on the palate.


VINEYARDS
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple Dijon selections of Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, 777), as well as Pommard 4, the vines are grown on extremely well-drained, loamy sand and gravelly loam soils intermixed and underlain by large potato-sized cobblestones. The unique combination of soil, climate and viticulture produces deeply-colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Dates: October 5th to 18th, 2012
Process: Night harvested by hand under lights into half-ton bins. Destemmed and sorted on Vaucher Beguet sorting table before transferring to six and twelve ton open-top stainless steel fermenters.
Harvest Numbers: 27.2° Brix, total acidity 0.83 g/100ml, pH 3.51
Vinification:

Yeast: RC212 and Assmanshausen
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented in open-top tanks with maual punchdown of cap
Temperature: 90°F peak fermentation temperature
Maceration: 8 days on average
Malolactic: Inoculation in stainless steel and completion in French oak barrels
Maturation: Aged 8 month in French oak barrels; 50% new
Barrel Type: French/Burgundy barrels, medium to heavy toast
Forests: Predominantly Bertrange and Allier
Coopers: François Frères and Dargaud et Jaegle

Post-Maturation: Bulldog racked from barrels, blended lots, bottled July 2013
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.75
Total Acidity: 0.59 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.57% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.001 g/100 ml (dry)
Cases Produced: 3,340 (6,680 six-packs)
Cellaring: 5 to 7 year aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Youthful and deep red in color, the 2012 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir displays strawberry, fennel and white tea aromas with a subtle bouquet of toasted puffed pastry. The high fraction of Dijon clone 667 in the blend delivers an abundance of complex red fruit to the palate, with sandalwood on the finish.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Try with pan-seared sesame tuna, grilled portabella mushrooms or your favorite charcuterie.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of strawberry and white tea finish with sandalwood and red fruits on the palate.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2013 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier

VINTAGE
2013 at the Gean Vineyard in western Paso Robles was a vintage defined by steady, warm and dry weather with no significant heat spikes, rains or cold snaps. Good weather at flowering led to favorable yields, while the dry conditions imposed moderate stress leading to smaller berries with more intense flavor. The combination of early bud break and warm weather throughout the vintage meant a longer growing season allowing for optimal ripeness and flavor development.


VINEYARD
The grapes for the 2013 Gesture Viognier were sourced from J. Lohr’s Gean Vineyard. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is one of J. Lohr’s newest vineyards and is the western most vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA and receives nearly twice the annual rainfall of our other Paso Robles vineyards. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône - combined with well drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone - make this vineyard ideal for Viognier. The warm days with south and west exposures on this hillside vineyard help to naturally develop ripe lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for hang time, giving the wines power and depth.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal: 94% Viognier, 6% Roussanne
Harvest Date: September 14, 2013 through October 5, 2013
Harvest Process: Hand picked early morning and whole cluster pressed
Harvest chemistries: Brix 26.1°, pH 3.41, total acidity 0.65 g/100ml
   
Vinification  
  Yeast: VL1 and VL2
  Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
  Maturation: In neutral French oak, new acacia puncheons and barrels, and stainless steel for 7 months, with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2013 until March 2014.
   
Bottling Chemistries  
  pH: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/100ml
  Cases Produced: 684
Cellaring Drink now through 2018

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Aromas of lychee, lime custard, apricot, honeysuckle and white pepper move seamlessly into layers of citrus, stonefruit and flinty mineral flavors. The palate is rich and balanced with a long finish of tropical fruit and minerality
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Grilled chicken with orange ginger sauce and coconut pilaf, macadamia crusted halibut, curried mussels, bold spicy Indian and Caribbean dishes, soft and semisoft cheeses.

Price: $30.00 750ml

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2012 Painter Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Painter Bridge wines are available for International sales only.  For more information please contact us at intdiv@jlohr.com.

 

PRODUCTION NOTES
Painter Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon comes from fruit grown on the Central Coast and northern interior of California. Its bold flavors reflect the bright, warm sunny days that dominate this climate in the growing season. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged with toasted French oak.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  California
Composition: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon,
21% Valdiguié, 2% Merlot
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.69
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 12.8% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.22 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This 2012 Painter Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon is dark in color with a magenta hue. Varietal aromas of black currant and cherry are showcased with an oak signature of dark roasted coffee, licorice and spice. The black fruit flavor is clean and round, leaving a rich oak impression with soft tannin and a touch of “savage” varietal character that only Cabernet Sauvignon can bring.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Great for casual dining. Pair with grilled skirt steak fajitas and roasted chipotle salsa.

CELLARING
Enjoy in its youth, or lay down for up to 5 years.

2013 Cypress Vineyards Merlot

PRODUCTION NOTES
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grapes’ natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Merlot, the 2013 vintage followed a dry winter with rainfall totals less than half of normal. Warm spring temperatures fostered early vine growth and flowering. Red varieties showed excellent color development due in part to veraison temperatures roughly 10 degrees cooler than normal as the berries softened and developed skin color in late July and early August. Our passionate commitment to Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the great cherry and currant fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Central Coast, California
Composition: 79% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 5% Malbec and other red varieties
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.74
  Total Acidity: 0.52 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.7% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.3 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The deeply colored 2013 vintage of Cypress Vineyards Merlot offers varietal aromas of black currant and ripe plum, complemented by a bouquet of toasty oak. Structure and fruit signature are enhanced by inclusion of the red blending varieties. The wonderfully comfortable palate weight finishes with ripe, soft tannin. This delicious wine pairs with grilled portabello kabobs or barbecued short ribs. Enjoy in its youth, or cellar up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. The 2012 season was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms for its warmth. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening, limit berry size and soften the tannins in our Petite Sirah. A period of triple digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid- August toward the end of veraison. This intensified the tannin structure and wine density for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed the grapes to full ripeness the first week of October, when we harvested our two best blocks a couple of days prior to a light rain in order to maintain a maximum concentration of fruit flavors in this excellent vintage of Tower Road Petite Sirah.


VINEYARDS
In the vineyards surrounding Tower Road, in the Estrella and San Miguel districts of Paso Robles, our Petite Sirah thrives on the well-drained yet heavier clay soils of the area. The rarity of autumn rains in Paso Robles allows this tight-clustered variety to reach full maturity almost every year, without the risk of bunch-rot that exists in damper regions around the state. Our ripening program requires that we apply bird netting to the vines in August to assure that birds don’t overfeed on this especially flavorful grape before harvest. Despite intense summer sun and very warm daytime temperatures in Paso Robles, the gentle afternoon breezes that creep in from the Monterey Bay to the north and from the Templeton Gap to the west cool the area by as much as fifty degrees by early morning, preserving the acidity and bright fruit character of our Petite Sirah.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates: October 5th, 6th & 8th, 2012
Process: Hand harvested into half-ton bins
Harvest Numbers: Brix 26.5°, total acidity 0.49 g/100ml, pH 3.73
Vinification:

Destemmed and fermented in 10 ton open top tanks. Cap management with light punchdowns
Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
Fermentation: Whole berries
Temperature: Moderate temperatures to reduce seed tannin extraction
Maceration: 2-day cold soak with a short, 3-day fermentation and early pressing
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels through December and January
Maturation: 16 months barrel age
Barrel Type: 225 liter French oak Burgundy export barrels, 60% new
Forests: Rive Droit and a blend of Five Forests
Coopers: Vallaurine and Marcel Cadet

Post-Maturation: Released 2 months after bottling
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.69
Total Acidity: 0.60g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.22% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.26 g/100 ml 
Cases Produced: 8,052 six-bottle cases
Cellaring: This dense and delicious wine will open up early with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Youthful and dark in the glass, the 2012 Tower Road Petite Sirah shows inviting aromas of homemade ollalieberry pie and a delicate “pastry-like” French oak barrel signature. The rich fruit flavors finish with an enormously dense berry character.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes such as rosemary lamb chops with roasted fennel.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture GSM

VINTAGE
2012 marked the return to more typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coolest vintages in a decade. Rainfall was on the shy side at 7 inches for the winter, totaling less than 60% of normal. A nice wet storm arrived during budbreak on the first week of April, bringing welcome moisture for early season growth. Our typically warm springtime conditions delivered rapid shoot elongation which fully filled out the VSP canopy in this block. An unusual period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. We believe this gave a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather accelerated ripening with this Grenache block, which was harvested on October 19th. The goal of the Gesture GSM blend is to highlight the uniquely bright fruit quality of Grenache and supporting it with structure and spice from Mourvèdre and Syrah components in the blend.


VINEYARDS
The vineyard source of Grenache and Mourvèdre in this blend is from a property once known as Gravity Hills. Located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles appellation, these decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in these blocks makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot after bloom, and in order to intensify flavor, these large-clustered varieties require trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. The Syrah component for this blend comes from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the warmer Adelaida district of the western Paso Robles appellation at an elevation of 1,800 feet.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 87% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 3% Syrah
Harvest Dates: Grenache harvested October 19th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and berry-sorted before fermentation
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 26.5°, total acidity 0.52 g/100ml, pH 3.36
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermentors, with light punch downs daily
  Temperature: Four day cold-soak followed by a moderate 88°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 10 days on skins prior to pressing
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, V. Oenos strain in puncheons
  Maturation: 15 months in puncheons
  Barrel type: 500 liter French oak puncheons from Francois Frères, 20% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.45
  Total Acidity: 0.63 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.35% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.00 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Enjoyable now, but will age gracefully for 5 to 7 years
  Cases Produced: 650 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture GSM is medium in color with a particularly bright hue. High-toned Grenache fruit is structured and spiced with a bit of Mourvèdre and a touch of soft Syrah. A year in French oak puncheons contributes aromas of baking spice and adds palate weight. The racy acidity of this wine will complement any Mediterranean menu.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with grilled meats or fish seasoned with traditional Herbes de Provence. Try with spicy crab cakes, vegetable stew or an arugula-topped pizza.

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre

VINTAGE
When comparing California wine styles to those of other regions around the world, one theme that emerges is the riper style and generally higher alcohol content of California wines versus Old World wines. The French in particular are accustomed to a climate where chaptalization (adding sugar to unfermented grape must to increase the alcohol content after fermentation) is required in most vintages, while California sunshine nearly always assures fully ripe (some would say overripe) fruit for winemaking. The 2012 vintage marked the return to typical growing temperatures in Paso Robles after two of the coldest vintages in a decade. A particularly hot few weeks in August were followed by ideal conditions in September and October, which matured these late- ripening cultivars to perfection. The 2012 vintage is showing softer acidity and smoother tannin structure than most previous vintages.


Fruit for our 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre was grown at VZZ vineyard, located in the Willow Creek district in the western part of the Paso Robles appellation. These decade-old vines are planted on a steep, southwest-facing lime-shale hillside. The 23% slope in this block makes simply walking this vineyard very difficult. Our farming plan brings the crop to one cluster per shoot for this large-clustered variety, and in order to intensify flavor and color it requires trimming off the wings and the lower third of the clusters shortly after set. We hand-harvested into half-ton bins on October 17th. The finish was lengthened by blending in a bit of Syrah from the same vineyard.
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TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 98% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 17th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 24.7°, total acidity 0.44 g/100ml, pH 3.62
Vinification:  
  Yeast: Maurivin Distinction
  Fermentation: Fermented in open-top fermenters with light punchdowns
  Temperature: Two-day cold soak followed by a hot 92°F fermentation temperature
  Maceration: 8 days on skins, pressed nearly dry
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: 15 months in puncheon on primary lees
  Barrel Type: 500 liter Demptos and Francois Frères French oak puncheons, 24% new
  Bottle Aging: Released 4 months after bottling
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.5
  Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.09 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but will certainly benefit from aging up to 10 years
  Cases Produced: 463 cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre is medium-dark with a violet hue. Brushy aromas of tobacco and beeswax open up to black plum. Soft acidity and a talcy texture on the palate are followed by a cardamom spice.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

Food Pairings
This wine is excellent with many of the specialties of southwestern France and Catalonia, such as pork roast or pan-seared foie gras. Try with prosciutto tapas, dried almonds, fresh fig and brie cheese.

Price: $30.00 750ml

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J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening, which allowed for as much hang time as needed to achieve big ripe flavors.


VINEYARDS
Pinot Blanc was one of the 11 original varieties planted by Jerry Lohr in our estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Although we later found our Pinot Blanc was in fact Melon de Bourgogne, we always had a fondness for the varietal, as it made great wines from the very first vintages, and the 1975 was one of the first white wines produced by J. Lohr. Those early vines were in decline by the late 1990s and were removed after the harvest of 1999. However, our desire to revisit this variety never faded, and in 2009 we planted a small 6.45 acre vineyard of true Pinot Blanc, Clone 7 on SO4 rootstock, with our neighbor and joint venture partner, Michael Griva, near his 19th century family barn.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA
Composition (Blend): 100% Pinot Blanc
Harvest Dates: September 29, 2013
Harvest Chemistries: 25.5° Brix average, 3.49 pH, 0.96 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: CY3079
  Fermentation: In barrel for an averate of 17 days
  Maturation: In neutral French oak and and new acacia barrels for 6 months with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2013 until March 2014.
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.53
  Total acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.30 g/100ml
Cellaring: Delicious now through 2018
Cases Produced: 1,954 six-bottle cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
To celebrate J. Lohr’s 40th anniversary, we offer a special bottling of 2013 Pinot Blanc. This wine, made in homage to our inaugural 1975 Pinot Blanc, shows vibrant yellow hues with aromas of peach, melon, honey and lemon blossom. Crisp acidity balances a creamy rich palate, with lingering flavors of apricot, citrus and melon.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with grilled soft shelled crabs and apple-fennel salad, quiches, grilled swordfish with basil-caper butter and soft cheeses.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Ripe fruit aromas of peach, melon and citrus flowers, with barrel-fermented sur-lie richness. Very fruity, complex
and rich.

Price: $40.00 750ml

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J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Red Wine - Sold Out

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice, wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and to prevent development of unwelcome herbaceous characteristics in Bordeaux varieties. A period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. This seems to have imparted a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed vines to full ripeness with harvesting for Cabernet and Petite Sirah in early October.


VINEYARDS
J. Lohr’s 40th Anniversary Red Wine is a mélange of four varietals from different vineyards in the Paso Robles appellation that come together as a dense, bold blend that recalls J. Lohr’s very first wine produced—a 1974 Petite Sirah. Coming from vineyards surrounding the Paso Robles Wine Center, as well as our vineyards to the north near San Miguel and our vineyards to the south near Creston, we have combined our most popular varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, with the density of Petite Sirah that thrives so well in the warm, dry climate of Paso Robles. For fruit and dimension, we have added Merlot and Malbec, which provide the finishing touches to this celebratory blend. Enjoy!


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition (Blend): 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot, 3% Malbec
Harvest Dates: September 24th - November 1st, 2012
Harvest Chemistries: 25.6° Brix average, 3.69 pH, 0.45 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
  Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation
in open-top and automated pump-over tanks
  Temperature: Peak temperature of 80°F
  Maceration: 6 day fermentation
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 14 months in barrels
  Barrel type: 40% new French oak barrels
  Forests: Center of France
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Post Maturation: Racked from barrels and lightly fined with isinglass and gelatin
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.73
  Total acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.66% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.26 g/100ml
Cellaring: This dense wine opens up nicely with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.
Cases Produced: 4,108 six-bottle cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This deep colored blend lays nearly opaque in the glass with just a youthful ring of magenta to brighten its edges. The French oak bouquet of roasted hazelnut blends with savory blackberry reflecting the confluence of the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character. This rich and voluminous wine leaves black fruit and a touch of fine talc on the palate.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes. Try with rosemary lamb chops and roasted fennel.

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