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$5.00 is credited toward purchase of the featured wines below
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The time has come for us to revisit the wonderful wines of J. Lohr. Long ago I became an adherent to the wines produced year after year by this company. Besides the entry level wines seen in the super markets, the vineyard designated selection is consistently great. These are the wines we will be sampling Saturday. Most of our regular tasters here do not miss this annual opportunity to touch bases with the quality and value level that is J. Lohr. This year, the company’s Bruce Smitham will be here to pour the wines and to share with you his knowledge.
2009 J. LOHR SAUVIGNON BLANC, CAROL’S VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY
List price 19.00; our price 15.99
In 2008, Carol, who was the muse for Jerry’s Napa Valley vineyard, passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer. This past year, the Lohr family provided 500 mammograms for women in need by donating $2 from every bottle sold of the Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The wine has a complex aroma of grapefruit, dried flowers, gun flint and faint herbaceous freshness. On the palate, the wine has excellent weight and bright acidity with clean fruit flavors reminiscent of the aromas. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 90-point rating: “Nice and dry, with a crisp cut of acidity that gets those taste buds whistling. If you like gooseberries, it’s for you, although there are far richer tropical fruit flavors in this lively wine.” Serve cool—not cold!
2010 J. LOHR CHARDONNAY, OCTOBER NIGHT, ARROYO SECO, MONTEREY
List price 20.00; our price 16.99
J. Lohr’s Block 9 plantings near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco River, which provides the vines a slightly more wind protected environment in which to grow is comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay, known in some circles as the Musqué Clone. These vines produce a very distinctive, attractive and powerful floral character. This vintage shows floral aromas with pear, lime/orange peel, and toasty vanilla. Barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels was followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring. This all contributed to a wonderfully complex bouquet that is echoed on the palate with textural richness.
2010 J. LOHR PINOT NOIR, FOG’S REACH, ARROYO SECO, MONTEREY
List price 28.00; our price 24.00
Fog’s Reach is historically known for its strawberry fruit and sage signature. Utilizing various Dijon and Pommard clones, the 2010 vintage has additional dimensions of cherry, sassafras and black tea with layers of chocolate, ash and cedar. The wine was aged 8 months in French oak barrels; 50% new. Classic aromas of blue sage and strawberry compote are complemented by vanilla and smoke, with a sage-honey finish.
2008 J. LOHR CABERNET SAUVIGNON, HILLTOP, PASO ROBLES
List price 29.00; our price 21.50
Aromas of black plum, violet and pomegranate are wrapped in a bouquet of hazelnut, coconut and Italian espresso. The large palate volume of this wine is surprisingly soft and round on the finish. A 9% addition of Malbec brings brightness to the complex and well-structured blend. This wine could see another 10 to 15 years comfortably.
2008 J. LOHR CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CAROL’S VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY
List price 30.00; our price 27.00
The wonderful aromas of cherry and black plum are complemented by a bouquet of roasted hazelnut and cedar. The juicy palate structure reflects an integration of fruit and oak components from traditional French oak barrel aging. The 19% fraction of Petit Verdot in this vintage brings blue fruit and anise to the classic Cabernet structure.
2007 J. LOHR PETITE SIRAH, TOWER ROAD, PASO ROBLES
List price 29.00; our price 25.00
The vintage was outstanding for Petite Sirah, producing jet-black fruit with tremendous berry fruit flavors. Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition gave it a Gold Medal and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition awarded it a Double Gold Medal. The wine has dark, brooding aromas of blackberry pie and black currant with a bouquet of dark chocolate, hazelnut and cedar. The flavors are reminiscent of the aromas, with dark chocolate taking the fore. The plush mid-palate has a velvety mouthfeel evolving in a long, savory finish.