Tasting Panel Review
From the steeply sloped, high-elevation Beck Vineyard in Paso Robles' Creston District, this smallproduction style-setter - released on January 1 in honor of Jerry Lohr's 85th birthday - is on top of its game. To quote CEO Steve Lohr, "The 2018 J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is the culmination of everything we have learned about winegrowing. . . . It sets a new bar for Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon." Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak, it contains 7% Saint-Macaire (along with 1% Malbec, which explains some of its brightness); the rare Bordeaux variety is known for its savory side as well as its color and density. Bold notes of cherry liqueur kick off a broad, generous wash of red fruit with an inner light; the palate is concentrated with notes of roasted coffee, sweet tobacco, and balsamic.
Wine Enthusiast Review
Toasty aromas of charred pecan, cocoa nib and espresso give a savory edge to the blackberry-paste base of this luxury-level bottling. Smoothed-out tannins carry hearty flavors of coffee, cocoa and coconut on the palate, where dark fruit flavors carry deep into the finish. Drink through 2038.
Wine Tasting Notes
Trademark Paso Robles Cabernet flavors and structure: rich blackberry / black cherry / plum with notes of olive, charcoal, herbs, and spice. Silky, medium-weight tannins. Long spice box finish of vanillin-oak and creme brulee.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Saint Macaire, 1% Malbec
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