2011 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Six years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of Founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer.

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Following a wet winter and delayed budbreak, the 2011 vintage was beset with rain in early June, bringing seasonal rainfall to more than 30% above normal and rendering a sparse fruit set at Carol’s Vineyard. Temperatures remained cool throughout the summer season, bringing a later-than-normal ripening tempo. Rain came again on the 4th day of October just following our first pick of Petit Verdot, and ripening stalled for nearly a week before a most welcome 2-week period of Indian summer brought Cabernet to harvest maturity. Some vintages are said to be made in the vineyard and some in the winery. 2011 certainly tested the craft of the winemaker and the patience of the grower. We are certainly pleased with the rich body, texture and fruit expression in this beautiful wine from a difficult vintage.

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.


Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: October 3rd and 22nd, 2011
Process: Hand-picked into half-ton bins and berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 25.9° Brix, total acidity 0.66g/100ml, pH 3.54
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin 796
Fermentation: 6 ton open-top tanks using delestage and punchdowns
Temperature: Peak to 95°F cap temperature
Maceration: Early inoculation followed by 9 days fermentation on skins
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels
Maturation: 18 months in French oak
barrels - 60% new
Barrel Type: 60 gallon Bordeaux export
Forests: Center of France, Allier
Coopers: Saury, Demptos
Post-Maturation: Aged 9 months prior to release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.58
Total Acidity: 0.65g/l00ml
Alcohol: 14.24% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.13 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 3,003 six-pack cases
Cellaring: Approachable tannins at release, with an 8-year-plus aging aptitude

The 2011 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers concentrated black fruit, violet and hazelnut aromas followed by a rich and balanced palate structure. A touch of coconut and lengthy blue fruit finish.
Steve Peck, red winemaker

Excellent with grilled rib-eye steak with rosemary and shallots, or a roasted pork loin with porcini mushrooms and fennel.

Price: $40.00 750ml