What makes something a “signature”? It is easy to understand a “single vineyard”, “single-block”, “single clone”, “reserve” etc., but when a winery designates a wine as their “signature” they are basically saying “this is the epitome of who we are.”
For J. Lohr, it also quite literally means “signature” as founder, pioneer, and one of Paso Robles biggest proponents, Jerry Lohr, has included his signature on the bottle. 40 years ago Jerry Lohr saw the potential that California’s Central Coast presented, initially cool climate Monterey for growing fresh Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and shortly thereafter, moving further south to Paso Robles, finding the location ideal for growing high-quality Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. Though the area was still rugged and unestablished, he knew the terroir, particularly the hot days and cool nights that would create ripe fruit and maintain freshness, was ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Limited production J Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon ($110) is produced from fruit grown at 1700 feet above the fog line, ensuring optimal ripeness with long sunshine-filled days, while keeping the cool breezes in the afternoon to lock in acidity. Structured and rich, the wine opens with aromas of wild berry, ripe cherry, espresso, toasted spice, and cedar, followed by layers of blue and black fruits, savory balsamic, dark chocolate, and mocha. The ideal #wineoftheday, especially with a grilled ribeye or portobello mushrooms. #Cheers