HONORING A LEGACY
Jerry Lohr’s late wife, Carol Waldorf Lohr, passed away in 2008 due to complications from breast cancer.
Please join J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in our effort to provide 500 mammograms to women in need, through our partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Research indicates that early detection and treatment are essential to combating breast cancer, and annual mammograms are an essential first step toward confronting this disease. J. Lohr will donate $2 for every bottle of 2005 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Join us in reaching our goal of funding 500 mammograms for women who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
Building on a legacy of caring and generosity
Long the muse for an idyllic vineyard in Napa Valley bearing her name, Carol is the namesake for a stunning, nearly forty-acre parcel in northern St. Helena, known for producing some of the valley’s most noteworthy Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, and the origin of the fruit used in this superb vintage. After Carol passed unexpectedly in August 2008 due to complications from breast cancer, the family and employees decided to designate the 2005 vintage of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a commemorative release, in part to honor her legacy of caring and generosity.
The 2005 vintage in the Napa Valley started out as a very wet and cool growing season, and dire predictions about vintage quality had vineyard managers and winemakers extremely concerned. Additionally, it appeared to be an above average set, with vines burdened by heavier crops than normal. Despite these rather difficult conditions, 2005 proved to be a vintage of very consistent weather – once summer began in June with mild but warm temperatures throughout July, August and September. The expected Indian summer didn’t materialize either, and allowed us to calmly wait for optimal ripeness of Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet and Petite Verdot. We began hand harvesting on October 13th, finishing on the 25th with excellent color depth and currant fruit flavor in both varietals, at an average of 26.7º Brix..
Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena, comprised of 16.4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309 rootstock). The well-drained, gravelly, sandy loam soil and Bordeaux- like climate of the Napa Valley is ideally suited to produce luxury-quality Cabernet fruit.
|Origin:||J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley|
|Composition:||77.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Petit Verdot|
|Harvest Dates:||October 13th to 25th, 2005|
|Process:||Harvested, destemmed and crushed to stainless steel fermenters|
|Harvest Chemistries:||26.9° Brix average, pH=3.68, Total Acidity 0.37 g/100 ml|
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented
Temperature: To 90°F
Extended Maceration: 17 days
Malo-Lactic: Inoculation and completion in French oak barrels
Maturation: 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Barrel Type: 80% new French oak Bordeaux Chateau Ferré-style barrels(60.9 gallons)
Forests: Center of France
Coopers: Sylvain, Libourne, Demptos, St. Caprais de Bordeaux, SequinMoreau, Merpins
Post-Maturation: Rack from barrels, filter to bottle
|Bottling Numbers:||pH: 3.75
Total Acidity: 0.67g/l00ml
Alcohol: 14.6% by volume
Residual sugar: Dry
Dark, youthful purple-red in color, the 2005 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has elegant aromas of red and black currants and cherries, with a complex bouquet of vanilla, allspice and toasty oak. Carol’s Vineyard delivers a dense, yet incredibly supple structure reminiscent of Bordeaux’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. Meant for a minimum of five years of cellaring before enjoying with a pan-seared filet mignon with a Cabernet-peppercorn reduction sauce.