Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Winemaker Notes :
Deep, dark brick red to blood plum in color. On the nose, this Cabernet offers a seamless blend of creme de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, charry meat, and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice, and vanillin. It is rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance on the palate.
Frankly ripe, with a vivid beam of creamed plum, açaí and boysenberry fruit flavors, glistening with vanilla-accented toast through a polished finish. Aimed squarely at the hedonist crowd. Drink now through 2022.
J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Winemaker Notes: In 2017, generous rainfall returned following the 5-year drought in California. Budbreak occurred by the first week of April followed by bloom in the middle of May. Crop set was average at best, with overall yields under 3 tons per acre for our Hilltop blocks. An extreme heat event occurred in early September which brought temperatures as high as 115 degrees. Thankfully, our Cabernet crop was several weeks away from harvest and came through the heat spike unharmed. In this vintage, we saw a higher level of sugar and flavor ripeness than had been seen since the string of great vintages from ‘12 to ‘14. This new 2017 release also marks the debut of dramatic new packaging for our iconic Vineyard Series tier. The 2017 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon shows splendid ripe fruit, cocoa powder, and graphite on the nose. The palate comes across dense, chalky and soft, with layers of black currant, mineral, and notes of toasted pastry. Delicious with rosemary-seasoned rib-eye and garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon - 4% Petit Verdot - 1% Malbec