J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml 2016
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Early seasonal rains were short of average, but the timing was ideal for vine health and wine quality in 2016. Every phenological marker, from budbreak in spring to bloom and veraison in the summer, occurred 1 to 2 weeks earlier than normal. Cabernet buds pushed around the middle of March, following heavy rains earlier in the month. The vine canopy growth propelled through the spring, bouyed by additional light rains in April and an ideal bloom period in early May. Tannin structure for 2016 was amplified by a warm veraison period beginning the third week of July. Good ripening weather brought the Hilltop Cabernet harvest in early, with our highest elevation blocks harvested the second week of October showing the dark color and ripe fruit flavors this wine is known for.
2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savory notes.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
This bottling shows accessible aromas of black cherry, toasty oak, grilled teriyaki meat and a hint of purple flowers. The palate brings blackberry and smoked meat flavors framed by tannins that rise up toward the finish.
A direct, toasty style, with a core of warmed plum and blackberry compote flavors coated in cocoa, tobacco and dark licorice through the finish. For fans of the style. Drink now. 16,021 cases made.