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J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2016

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Vintage: Early seasonal rains were short of average, but the timing was ideal for vine health and wine quality in 2016. Every phenological marker, from budbreak in spring to bloom and veraison in the summer, occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than normal. Cabernet buds pushed around the middle of March, following heavy rains earlier in the month. The vine canopy growth propelled through the spring, bouyed by additional light rains in April and an ideal bloom period in early May. Tannin structure for 2016 was amplified by a warm veraison period beginning the third week of July. Good ripening weather brought the Hilltop Cabernet harvest in early, with our highest elevation blocks harvested the second week of October showing the dark color and ripe fruit flavors this wine is known for. Vineyards: Our Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, resulting in the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year. Winemaker’s Comments: 2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savory notes. — Steve Peck, director of winemaking Food Pairings: Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye and garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel. COMPOSITION (BLEND): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc MATURATION: 18 months in 225 liter barrels BARREL TYPE: French oak, thick stave, very tight grain, 67% new PH: 3.63 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.9% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.07 g/100ml, dry

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his o... Read more
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his original vineyard, Jerry planted his first 280 acres of grapes beginning in 1972. Ideally suited for cool-climate winegrowing, these vineyards have become an acclaimed source for outstanding Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. At the heart of J. Lohr’s renowned red wine program are its 2,000 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Featuring warm, sunny days, cool nights and diverse soils, these vineyards have proven ideal for cultivating a flavorful array of grapes including voluptuous and complex Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Syrah and Zinfandel. Read less

External Reviews for J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/30/2019

Vintage: Early seasonal rains were short of average, but the timing was ideal for vine health and wine quality in 2016. Every phenological marker, from budbreak in spring to bloom and veraison in the summer, occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than normal. Cabernet buds pushed around the middle of March, following heavy rains earlier in the month. The vine canopy growth propelled through the spring, bouyed by additional light rains in April and an ideal bloom period in early May. Tannin structure for 2016 was amplified by a warm veraison period beginning the third week of July. Good ripening weather brought the Hilltop Cabernet harvest in early, with our highest elevation blocks harvested the second week of October showing the dark color and ripe fruit flavors this wine is known for. Vineyards: Our Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, resulting in the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year. Winemaker’s Comments: 2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savory notes. — Steve Peck, director of winemaking Food Pairings: Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye and garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel. COMPOSITION (BLEND): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc MATURATION: 18 months in 225 liter barrels BARREL TYPE: French oak, thick stave, very tight grain, 67% new PH: 3.63 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.9% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.07 g/100ml, dry


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 01/11/2018

Vintage: We witnessed a rare fourth consecutive year of low rainfall in the Paso Robles growing region and throughout California in 2015. Budbreak was early, as is typical in dry years, with vines coming out of dormancy in mid-March. Good growing conditions in April were followed by an unusually cold period in early May that disrupted bloom. As a result, the Cabernet Sauvignon crop was roughly half of normal due to shatter, with each cluster bearing just half the typical number of berries. The small crop ripened readily as fall approached, with this early harvest beginning in earnest on September 15th. Young wines showed explosive fruit and concentration immediately and our enthusiasm for the vintage continued as we assembled the blends prior to barrel aging. We appreciate the integration of ripe flavor and mature texture that is the result of the traditional Bordeaux winegrowing techniques used at J. Lohr. Vineyards: Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed with chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, producing the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2015 J. Lohr Hilltop is a great example of the J. Lohr house style of “dense but soft” Cabernet Sauvignon. Effusive blackberry and currant aromas are integrated with a bouquet of toasted hazelnut and cocoa powder from 18 months of French oak barrel age. Bright fruit on the mid-palate finishes clean and invigorates the appetite for an array of rich menu items. —Steve Peck, red winemaker Food Pairings: Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye, served with garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel. COMPOSITION (BLEND): 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Malbec 1% Petit Verdot MATURATION: 18 months in 225 liter barrels PH: 3.7 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.6% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.07 g/100ml, dry


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 12/27/2018

Vintage: We witnessed a rare fourth consecutive year of low rainfall in the Paso Robles growing region and throughout California in 2015. Budbreak was early, as is typical in dry years, with vines coming out of dormancy in mid-March. Good growing conditions in April were followed by an unusually cold period in early May that disrupted bloom. As a result, the Cabernet Sauvignon crop was roughly half of normal due to shatter, with each cluster bearing just half the typical number of berries. The small crop ripened readily as fall approached, with this early harvest beginning in earnest on September 15th. Young wines showed explosive fruit and concentration immediately and our enthusiasm for the vintage continued as we assembled the blends prior to barrel aging. We appreciate the integration of ripe flavor and mature texture that is the result of the traditional Bordeaux winegrowing techniques used at J. Lohr. Vineyards: Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed with chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, producing the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2015 J. Lohr Hilltop is a great example of the J. Lohr house style of “dense but soft” Cabernet Sauvignon. Effusive blackberry and currant aromas are integrated with a bouquet of toasted hazelnut and cocoa powder from 18 months of French oak barrel age. Bright fruit on the mid-palate finishes clean and invigorates the appetite for an array of rich menu items. —Steve Peck, red winemaker Food Pairings: Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye, served with garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel. COMPOSITION (BLEND): 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Malbec 1% Petit Verdot MATURATION: 18 months in 225 liter barrels PH: 3.7 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.6% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.07 g/100ml, dry ** Only 1 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 06/10/2017

Vintage: The third in a trio of strong vintages for Paso Robles, the wines of 2014 are showing dense and aromatically expressive, and are reminiscent of 2004. With less than half the usual winter rainfall in the ground, spring growth rocketed as degree days racked up at a faster pace than we’ve seen in a decade. A somewhat warm veraison period at the end of July pushed tannin levels upward and led to the earliest picking dates on record for most of our vineyard blocks. Achieving sugar ripeness was never in question in this warm vintage, but we certainly benefitted from the J. Lohr “early water deficit” farming practices that hasten seed ripeness and achieve early phenolic maturity. 2014 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is showing brambly fruit aromas, a dense texture and bright acidity on the finish. Vineyards: Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed with chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, producing the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2014 J. Lohr Hilltop is a great example of our house style of “dense but soft” Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry and currant varietal aromas are supported by a touch of hazelnut and cocoa powder from the French oak barrel signature. Bright, brambly acidity on the mid-palate is followed by intense and vibrant red fruit on the finish. — Steve Peck, red winemaker Food Pairings: Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye served with garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel. COMPOSITION (BLEND): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc MATURATION: 18 months in 225 liter barrels BARREL TYPE: French oak, thick stave, very tight grain, 60% new PH: 3.6 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.60 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.8% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.06 g/100ml, dry


External Review
Vintage: 2014 09/26/2017

J. Lohr Vineyards is a pioneering winery in the Central Coast. As one of the first to produce Cabernet in Paso Robles they've staked out select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. With long summer days of intense sunshine, high, near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50's. Here the Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, and the vines struggle to produce deeply concentrated fruit. Wine Review Online gave this Cab a 95 point score saying "J. Lohr's 2014 Hilltop Cabernet is of the sort that made Paso Robles Cab famous. It's ripe and juicy, spicy and racy, and priced modestly. With loads of blackberry and blueberry fruit and supple tannins, it's a crowd-pleaser that is primed for stardom during the upcoming grilling season. A platinum award-winner at the 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition."


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 07/27/2016

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2013 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon has exceptional color intensity with a vibrant red hue. Ripe Cabernet varietal aromas of black plum, violet and tobacco are complemented by a touch of hazelnut and cocoa powder from the French oak barrel signature. A dense but approachable mid-palate is followed by intense and vibrant red fruit on the finish. — Steve Peck, winemaker Food Pairings: Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye, garlic roasted potatoes, parsnips and fennel. Wine List Description: Flavors of ripe black plum, violet, hazelnut and cocoa with a vibrant red fruit finish. Maturation: 18 months in 225 liter French oak barrels, 60% new Composition (blend): 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Merlot 1% Petit Verdot


External Review
Vintage: 2013 10/21/2016

J. Lohr Vineyards is a pioneering winery in the Central Coast. As one of the first to produce Cabernet in Paso Robles they’ve staked out select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. With long summer days of intense sunshine, high, near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50's. Here the Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, and the vines struggle to produce deeply concentrated fruit. Wine Review Online gave this a 94 point score saying "This bottling has been a great success for J. Lohr, largely because it drinks way above its price point. A consistent winner in blind tastings of California Cabernets that run two and three times the price, this vintage continues the streak with ripe blackberry, cassis, fall spice and a bit of chocolate covered raspberry. Supple tannic structure and full body make this a wine that will fit a lot of situations. It's a great cocktail, or will work with simple grilled beef to lamb chops."


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