J. Lohr - Cabernet Sauvignon "Estates Seven Oaks" (750ml)
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Grapes: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Syrah
Region: USA / California / AVA Paso Robles
Type: Full-bodied red wine
The predominant source for this wine is the estate vineyards located directly opposite the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center and at two newer sites just to the north at the J. Lohr Sinclair and J. Lohr Jones Ranches. The Seven Oaks vineyard was initially planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones widely planted in Paso Robles.
Soil: The soils vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site.
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks, with peak temperatures reaching 95°F
Malolactic: Malolactic fermentation, using Viniflora Oenos, was completed in 20% new American oak barrels, with the balance in stainless steel
Maturation: 12 months aging in 60-gallon American oak barrels, 22% new
Barrel type: Predominantly Missouri and Minnesota oak with toasted heads
Color: A dark and dense in color to the rim of the glass.
Nose: Layered aromas of black cherry, currant and blueberry are accented by an authentic barrel-aged bouquet of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasted coffee.
Palate: High-toned red berry fruit, and follows with bright acidity and a full structure that is both dense and soft at once.
Food pairing: Delicious paired with wild mushroom risotto or an herb-encrusted rack of lamb with creamy polenta.