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J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750ml
SKU: 16842

J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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750ml
$99.99

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J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced to honor the 80th birthday of founder Jerry Lohr. This limited release was specially selected and blended from the superb 2017 vintage in Paso Robles. It is both a tribute to Jerry's pioneering efforts in the region and our red wine portfolio's ultimate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. Beck Vineyard, in the Creston District of Paso Robles, is a unique, high elevation site that sits at 1,700 feet above the early morning fog line. Its calcareous soils and cooling afternoon winds are perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet from this vineyard ripens early with excellent color, purity of fruit, and phenolic maturity. Incorporation of Cabernet Franc brings freshness to the blend, while the rare Bordeaux variety, Saint-Macaire, brings density and a savory character. Malbec add structure, color, and a component of bright fruit. The hand-harvested grapes were destemmed and berry-sorted at the winery followed by a 24% saignée which brought concentration to the must prior to fermentation. A short five day maceration revealed luxurious color potential with ideal tannin extraction before pressing. Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Sylvain, Nadalie, and Taransaud.
Wine Enthusiast
  • we95

Almost opaque in the glass, this luxury bottling entices with intense aromas of black currant and blackberry sauce on the nose, with savory hints of dark olive and caramel spice. It's quite dry on the palate, where licorice, violet and cassis flavors linger amidst the polished tannins.

July 1, 2021
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd93

The most expensive release is the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, which is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 2% Saint Macaire aged 19 months in 100% new French oak. Its saturated purple hue is followed by powerful notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, chocolate, white truffle, and chalky minerality, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a concentrated, stacked mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautiful wine. I'd give bottles 2-3 years to shed a touch of baby fat and develop more nuances, and it should keep for over a decade.

September 1, 2020
Wine Spectator
  • ws84

A broad, soft, overtly toasted fruit-driven style, with plum reduction and melted licorice notes inlaid with a fruitcake note. A bit heavy-handed on the toast, which weighs down the finish. Drink now. 800 cases made.

2021