J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (750 ml)

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  • TP: 94
  • WE: 93

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Our Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily grown at three of J. Lohr’s vineyards in Paso Robles. Approximately 60% is from our Shotwell Vineyard in the El Pomar District. The Beck Vineyard, located at a 1,700 elevation in the Creston District, supplies 25% of the fruit. The balance is from our Gean Ranch in the Adelaida District along with a collection of other small sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed by chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s.

In 2019, 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 2019 release also marks the debut of dramatic new packaging for our iconic Vineyard Series tier.

The 2019 J. Lohr Hiilltop 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.

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast Review - Published 4/1/2022 - Rated 93:
This is one of the more widely available Cabs in American restaurants, and yet manages to be thoroughly enjoyable despite the large production amounts. Blackberry, violet, warm fudge and loamy soil aromas kick off the nose, and then the palate is enveloped in polished yet expansive tannins. Flavors of black currant, vanilla and anise float through the sip. MATT KETTMANN

Tasting Panel Review - Published JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 - Rated 94:
As we taste J. Lohr’s flagship wine year after year, we notice that it continues to grow in terms of mouthfeel, plushness, and strength of character. The 2019 vintage has a je ne sais quoi that’s partly explained by red winemaker Brenden Wood’s blending practices. Prior vintages incorporated Petit Verdot and Malbec, but this one gives voice to Cabernet Sauvignon at 99%. Mocha and sandalwood are a driving force on the broad, dense palate. Blackberry, Worcestershire sauce, and wet earth work in tandem to bring out a savory character and textural depth.

Winery J. Lohr Winery
Country United States
Region Paso RoblesCalifornia
Year 2019
Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.9%
Wine Style Red Wine

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