J. Lohr 2013 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 50's. 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 gave this a 94 point score saying "This bottling has been a great success for J. Lohr, largely because it drinks way above its price point. A consistent winner in blind tastings of California Cabernets that run two and three times the price, this vintage continues the streak with ripe blackberry, cassis, fall spice and a bit of chocolate covered raspberry. Supple tannic structure and full body make this a wine that will fit a lot of situations. It's a great cocktail, or will work with simple grilled beef to lamb chops."