The inspiration for our J. Lohr Cuvée St. E comes from the Grand Cru wines of St. Emilion from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These memorable wines are composed primarily from Cabernet Franc and Merlot with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We are given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.
The 2008 growing season presented signicant challenges on our ranch, as well as in vineyards across California. Spring and autumn frosts coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation, claimed much of the prized crop. Vineyard yields were generally half of normal levels in Paso Robles, averaging under 3 tons per acre. 2008 was the second consecutive vintage of drought in the area, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size significantly. The result was high-extract, intensely flavored wines. This vintage of Cuvée St. E reached 28° Brix and yielded a wine with a rich fruit signature and a smooth, dense tannin profile.
|Composition (Blend):||43% Cabernet Franc (Clone 214), 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot|
|Harvest Dates:||October 20-21, 2008|
|Harvest Process:||Select vines handpicked to half-ton bins|
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 26.2°, pH 3.8, total acidity 0.38g/100ml|
|Vinification:||Yeast: Lallemand 43|
|Fermentation: Destemmed and berry sorted on Mistral system; crushed fruit transferred to 5-ton open-top fermentors|
|Temperature: Cold soak 2 days, followed by fermentation to 90°F peak temperature|
|Maceration: 9 days skin contact|
|Malolactic: 100% in barrels|
|Mauration: 21 months in barrel|
|Barrel Type: Thin-stave Chateau Ferrier
French oak, 50% new
|Forests: Center of France|
|Coopers: Tonnelerie Bel Air and Marcel Cadet|
|Bottle Aging: 1 year+ prior to release|
|Bottling Numbers:||pH: 3.62
Total Acidity: 0.696g/100ml
|Alcohol: 14.39% by volume|
|Residual Sugar: Dry|
|Cellaring: Delicious now, but has the structure to age for 10 to 15 years|
|Cases Produced: 399 cases|
This wine is dark red-purple in color with aromas of cassis, blueberry and violet. A bouquet of crème brûlée comes from twenty-one months of aging in French oak barrels. The wine displays the true varietal nature of Cabernet Franc, with supple, sweet tannins and mid to rear structure from both the fruit and maturation time. Palate weight is quite dense due to the generous contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon in this year’s blend. On release, this wine will already have one year of bottle age but will develop additional complexity for years to come.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
Cuvée St. E pairs well with a wide variety of Mediterranean foods, including pumpkin ravioli and beef carpaccio.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Dark red-purple in color with aromas of cassis, blueberry and violet.