2010 J. Lohr "Seven Oaks" Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1088201 89 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***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.  (7/ 2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 ***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.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5