J. Lohr 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hilltop, Paso Robles
J. Lohr Vineyards is a pioneering winery in the Central Coast. As one of the first to produce Cabernet in Paso Robles they’ve staked out select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. With long summer days of intense sunshine, high, near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. Here the Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, and the vines struggle to produce deeply concentrated fruit. WIne Review Online scored this 91 points saying " This vintage follows the previous two or three in showing the ripe side of Paso Robles Cabernet, with bold blackberry, plum and oak spice, with notes of nut and baker's chocolate rounding things out. Rare and juicy red meats will be elevated with this as an accompaniment. Contains 9% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec."