Jerry Lohr proudly proclaims this Paso Robles bottling as his “statement” cabernet sauvignon. It’s 80% cab, blended with small amounts of Saint-Macaire (a rare French import), cabernet franc, petit verdot, and malbec. The wine is supple and opulent, a sultry investigation into the varietal that any cab lover will thrill to. Intensely dark currant notes kick things off, with notes of dark chocolate laced through it. The palate evolves not with overblown sweetness but with restraint, its tannins already settling into a drinkable groove that offers a sustained blackberry and currant character, gentle spice, licorice, and some hints of vanilla. The body is rich and the finish is enveloping — but short of overpowering. Easy to sip on solo, it pairs beautifully with a hearty meal of red meat, as all “statement” cabs should.
A / $100 / jlohr.com