2006 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks
(USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Nice color, deep purple. The nose was enjoyable big black berries with cedar, green peppers and black pepper. The palate was a little hot and a dryer wine than expected. The palate was somewhat disjointed in that the tannins were a departure from the flavors. It is not an explosion. It is very vegetable and earthy. The palate is not exciting. It’s dark, woody with some hints of butter and cherry. The finish is short and quickly goes into a tobacco and black pepper feel. Ok for a table wine. I would not rush our to try.
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From J Lohr site:
2006 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet
The 2006 vintage saw a return to below average rainfall for Paso Robles, and with it came smaller vine canopies, smaller clusters and smaller Cabernet Sauvignon berries. The combination of
these elements in 2006 made for excellent quality in all of our
Paso Robles red varietals, but in particular, Cabernet was the
most positively impacted. The outstanding color and flavor development brought back memories of the noteworthy Cabernet crop from 2001. We incurred no significant heat events after veraison in 2006, and had very mild weather conditions straight through harvest. This allowed sugar, flavor and tannin ripeness to occur simultaneously, producing fruit full of bold and generous varietal and regional expression, and highlighting the dark cherry and black currant fruit that is the hallmark of this great Cabernet winegrowing region.
The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones. The soils in
our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce, including Merlot and Petit Verdot, to add balance and weight to the wine.