A dependable, widely available Cab (including many Costco and Trader Joe's locations), we review the J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah from Paso Robles, California. The wine was aged for 12 months in 60-gallon American (Missouri and Minnesota) oak barrels, 18.5% new, and has just 1.9 g/L of residual sugar.
Our family winegrowing and winemaking passion is rooted in our sustainably farmed vineyards and in our winery in Paso Robles, California. The oak-studded terroir and calcareous soils couple with warm days and cool nights to develop intense character, exemplified in our Seven Oaks' velvety richness and supple tannins. Dense and soft, this wine boasts ripe flavors of black currant and cherry, enhanced by a bouquet of vanilla and spice from one year of barrel aging, and is an excellent companion to grilled beef, lasagna, or dark chocolate.
Produced and Bottled by J. Lohr Winery
The 2019 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon begins with quite an attractive aroma of black cherry, baking spice, cola, licorice, mocha and vanilla. There's lots to sniff here so take your time and swirl away.
The wine tastes similar to the nose with lots of oak influence including a little tobacco and coffee but it's also soft, smooth and juicy in the mouth. This is a great burger wine.
It ends dry, long and a bit chewy with lasting juicy fruit. It's a bit tannic in its youth but it has good structure and should age nicely over the next few years. It was similar, although perhaps not quite as good, on day 2.
Overall, this is a solid, dependable, widely available Cab that I would put in a similar category as the Josh Cellars California Cab.