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J.Lohr Merlot 2015 750ml

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Our 2015 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot shows an intense and properly matured red hue in the glass. Varietal aromas of black cherry and anise are integrated with a barrel signature of hazelnut, dark chocolate, and baking spice. We use whole berry fermentation and a generous amount of Malbec in this blend to accentuate bright fruit tones and provide a rich, lengthy finish.

– Steve Peck, red winemaker

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APPELLATION: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
COMPOSITION (BLEND): 91% Merlot, 9% Malbec
HARVEST DATES: Harvested over a 2-week period beginning September 10th, 2015
BRIX AT HARVEST: 25.0° Brix average V
INIFICATION: FERMENTATION: Whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
MALOLACTIC: 100% malolactic
MATURATION: 12 months in barrel with 22% new oak
BARREL TYPE: American oak from Missouri forests, primarily light and medium toast with toasted heads
TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.58 g/100ml
ALCOHOL: 13.9% by volume
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.12 g/100ml
CELLARING: Showing the most fruit upon release, with the potential to improve over the next five years.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

Paso Robles saw a fourth consecutive year of low rainfall in 2015. The dry
conditions experienced locally mirrored the extreme climatic trends witnessed
across the entire state of California. Budbreak was early, as is typical in dry years,
with vines coming out of dormancy in mid-March. Good growing conditions
in April brought rapid shoot growth, but were followed by an unusually cold
period in early May that reduced our Merlot crop yield by roughly 30% due to
shatter. This lighter crop ripened readily, with the earliest pick occurring on
September 10th, and the final pick on the 26th. The top lots for Los Osos move
quickly from the press pan to the barrel room, where they finish malolactic
fermentation in new oak barrels. A month later these barrels are reblended to
incorporate the Malbec component, before the entire blend returns to the
barrel room for a year of rest. The 2015 Los Osos Merlot can be splash
decanted to open up its full aroma potential at your table.


Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range
of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal
definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and
intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with
variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the
introduction of Italian clones of Merlot. We grow our Merlot grapes in
the moderately cool El Pomar district of Paso Robles, which is generally
acknowledged to be the ideal area for this variety in the Paso Robles
AVA. Planted on Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro, and
Arbuckle-Positas complex soils, these well-drained but relatively poor
soils limit vine vigor and support wine quality.

Food Pairing

Delicious with summer grilled sausages or herb-roasted chicken.


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