J. Lohr 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol's Vyd., St. Helena, Napa Valley
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Founded more than three decades ago by Jerry Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate grapes. Know primarily for their Central Coast wines, this Cab is from their Napa Valley vineyard in St. Helena, prime terroir for Cabernet. The vineyard is about 20 acres of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot; well-drained, gravelly, sandy loam soil and ideal conditions bring concentrated ripe fruit. This is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. The wine is is aged in 60% new French oak barrels for 16 months. It scored 95 points, a Platinum award in the Winemakers Challenge Wine Competition. They said "J. Lohr has been sourcing Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard for a while now, and this bottling really shows that they've paid close attention to how to handle it. It's the best I've tasted to date, showing classic Napa character with blackberry, currants, faint dried herbs, pepper and moderate oak spice in both aroma and flavor profiles, with supple tannins, food friendly acidity and a long finish. I'd let this age a few years for full integration. Very well made."