2010 J. Lohr "Seven Oaks" Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
***Editors' Choice*** A polished Cabernet from a winery that knows how to produce super-drinkable Cabs at affordable prices. It's stylishly dry, with oak-infused blackberry jam, currant and mocha flavors. Shows a deliciousness factor that makes the price a real bargain.
***Good Value*** Fairly juicy and very accessible in nature with plenty of sweet, cherry-like fruit paving its way, J. Lohr's Seven Oaks Cabernet is a very likeable if far from long-aging wine that is more rounded than it is sturdy and tannic. It is easy to drink now but will not fade away any time soon, and it will make a most priceworthy partner to chops and simple steaks hot off the grill.
The 2010 J. Lohr "Seven Oaks" Cabernet is composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah, 1% each Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, grown primarily on the gravelly clay loam and limestone-based soils of the estate vineyards located across from the winery and visitor's center. Fermented in stainless steel and aged for twelve months in mostly American oak, the 2010 offers ripe plum, blackberry, and currant aromas and flavors, with rich creamy layers and the classic American oak accents of vanilla, caramel, baked coconut, and toast. It is rich, full, and mouthfilling, with structured tannins and a smooth finish. Drink now over the next 5-7 years.