This J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon review is part of our value wine series. A series of reviews aimed at exposing great tasting value wines such as the J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet and discussing tasting notes and food pairings.
J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Review from Paso Robles, California.
This wine was a pleasant surprise. My girlfriend knows my taste and picked this Cabernet up at our local grocery store. Going solely off the tasting notes described on the back of the bottle — she did well.
It’s available at most major grocery and liquor stores, including Costco, Bevmo!, HEB AND you can order it online for delivery to your door through Wine.com. Currently, it’s available for $14.99 online. Keep an eye out for coupon codes on top of the site for discounts.
Note however, that according to J. Lohr Seven Oaks Vineyards, the 2012 vintage is currently sold out if you’re looking to buy direct. Your best bet is to head over to some of the larger retailers that have already purchased the 2012 vintage in bulk (like Costco). You can, however, find the 2013 J. Lohr Cab at their website or on Wine.com (price is cheaper at Wine.com).
The 2011, 2012 and 2013 vintages are some of the best the Seven Oaks vineyard has produced, with the 2013 vintage being one of their best vintages of all time. You can find the 2013 J. Lohr Cab at Wine.com — well worth a grab for a phenomenal year.
The J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at J. Lohr’s Seven Oaks vineyard in Paso Robles. Soil composition there is a bit varied, but is largely made up of clay, gravel and limestone. J. Lohr maintains that the soil differential here helps to add to the complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon, which we completely agree with.
J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes
In the glass, this wine emits a beautiful dark red garnet hue with some density. The nose is fresh and bright with evidence of dark red cherry, cassis and subtle black pepper.
It’s a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and the opening palate is packed with ripe red fruit and noticeable oak. The mid palate softens out a bit with with dark cherry, raspberry and vanilla cola jam. Acid is moderate with an upbeat and grippy tannin structure. Towards the close, we get additional notes of plum, cherry cacao over a medium but rich finish.
J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings
This is a great wine for a barbecue! Try it was anything charbroiled, from chicken to moist brisket. Try with grilled vegetables, zucchini and mushrooms. It’s also ideal to pair with savory meats — roasted pork shoulder, duck or lamb will all help to bring out the richness in this wine.
If you’re looking to pair it as an aperitif, consider some lush and savory cheeses, like Camembert from France or Italian Mascarpone.