The 2013 J. Lohr Cuvee POM opens up with black plum, blueberry and a barrel signature of toasty coconut. The dense mouthfeel treads soft and broad across the palate. This wine showcases the interplay between the red fruit qualities of Merlot and the blue fruit characters of Malbec. The finish is cocoa powder and hazelnut with soft acidity. Blend: Merlot 84%, Malbec 8%, Cabernet Sauvignon 4%, Cabernet Franc 4%.
From the winery's Bordeaux study series, this Merlot-based blend shows roast beef, smoke, lilac, violet, lavender and shy black-cherry fruit on the nose. There's more fruit on the palate, with blackberry paste. However, the rigid tannins don't open up easily. Notes of crushed volcanic rock, espresso, dried herbs and leather are subtle.