2017 J.Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Carol’s Vineyard
2017 J.Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Carol’s Vineyard; Napa Valley, USA
Winemaker Notes; The 2017 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with vibrant aromas of black cherry, cassis, and plum, with notes of black tea and baking spice. The palate is rewarding with plush textures, anise, and red cherry on the finish.
Enjoyable now but can easily age 10 years or more.
Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every winegrowing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra and Maipo Valley. Wherever they come from, Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedarwood.
St. Helena is in the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Calistoga to the north and Rutherford on its southern border. On its western side, the Mayacamas Mountains guard it from the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean; to its east stand the Vaca Mountains. In conjunction, these mountain ranges serve to lock in summer daytime heat. But in the evening, cool air from the San Pablo Bay funnels up through the valley, creating very chilly nights. It isn’t uncommon for temperatures to drop 50 degrees, a shift that promotes a balance of sugar ripeness and acidity in wine grapes.
J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery is one of the largest wineries in the United States, producing more than a million cases of wine a year. Located in the Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area), it produces a large portfolio of wines from multiple AVAs within California.