For this week’s Wine Wednesday, I have a fabulous wine to report on. I highly recommend having a birthday party mixed with a house warming party, because apparently it makes people shower you with lovely bottles of wine. This bottle was given to me by my friend Jung, who has always had impeccable taste in all things gourmand.
This Cabernet Sauvignon definitely falls outside my usual $10 range, but is worth every penny. J. Lohr Wineries has several California vineyards, and this bottle was born at their Paso Robles location. Paso Robles is my favourite California region, and I’ve just added J. Lohr to my mental list for the wine tour I am always imagining. I’m happy to see that the LCBO considers this bottle a Vintages Essential as this is definitely my pick for my next wine splurge.
The wine is a very dense purple with an earthy, toasty nose. The taste is a berry-plum mix, with lots of soft, buttery oak. It is wonderfully full bodied and would pair well with something hearty and beefy. We sipped it solo and then gorged on crackers and cheese while rather tipsy, and that worked well too.
I would fully endorse this bottle for your next special occasion, or Friday night splurge. Pair with pasta, BBQ, or just savour it on its own. You will not be disappointed!
Overall, I give this wine 10/10 for taste and 4/5 for value.