J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark, brick-red color with purple hues and good density. Once again, the lovely cherry fruit aromas of Cabernet from ‘Paso' shine through with hints of licorice and marzipan, complemented by spicy, vanilla oak. On the palate, the bright cherry pie fruit dominates with blueberry/currant flavors in the background. Underlying the fruit is a full to mid-palate weight, with the soft texture of the tannins carrying through into a long and lingering finish. I will be enjoying my Seven Oaks Cabernet with some sausage and mushroom pizza this evening; it also pairs beautifully with most game, red meat or tomato-based dishes.
The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce--including Petit Verdot and Merlot--to add balance and weight to the wine.