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Pure Paso Proprietary Red by J. Lohr 2018

Pure Paso Proprietary Red

by J. Lohr 2018

Producer : J. Lohr

Region : California (USA), Paso Robles (USA), USA (USA)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Pasta, Red Meat, Risotto, Veal roasted

Tasting Notes

"This blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah and 2% Malbec offers aromas of black-cherry pie, toasty brioche and fresh mint on the nose. That minty element carries to the palate, where more black cherry and fudge flavors are wrapped in ample acidity and chalky tannins."

93 points / Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast, March 2021

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 93
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor D - Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer J. Lohr
Region California (USA), Paso Robles (USA), USA (USA)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Smooth and silky reds
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 27% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Pasta, Red Meat, Risotto, Veal roasted
Descriptors Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full, Medium
Price of Case $287.94

The Producer

J. Lohr

It’s no coincidence that the Central Coast’s emergence as a world class winegrowing region runs parallel with the establishment and growth of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery. Founder Jerry Lohr is one of the region’s pioneers and has played a larger-than-life role in bringing the area to prominence. Jerry’s instincts led him to two regions located about 75 miles apart. In the early 1970s, he chose Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco district for its cool, windy climate and rocky soils as ideal for Chardonnay.

In the 1980s, he recognized the potential of Paso Robles for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon – given the area’s rich soils and dramatic diurnal temperature swings between warm days and cool nights. After Jerry Lohr’s nearly decade-long search for the right place to plant his first vineyard, he chose a site in Monterey County that was to become the heart of the Arroyo Seco appellation. Jerry originally planted 280 acres in 1972 and 1973 near Greenfield. Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation has proved ideal for growing layered, complex Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Brisk winds and fog off Monterey Bay, stony, well-drained soils, and a lack of damaging fall rains all combine to produce grapes with trademark fruit intensity and balancing acidity.

In 1974, Jerry unveiled the first J. Lohr winery in San Jose. In the early 1980s, Jerry Lohr saw the potential for great Cabernet Sauvignon further south. Borrowing a lesson from the French—that great Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon excel in very different growing conditions—Jerry began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties in San Luis Obispo County’s little-known Paso Robles region in 1986. With the hands-on devotion of an artisan farmer, Jerry tended to the vines while diligently working toward the creation and development of an adjacent winery and barreling cellars; J. Lohr’s Paso Robles production facility was opened in 1988.

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