Last weekend, I perused my local grocery store’s (Meijer) wine aisle, bracing myself for yet another disappointment, when I was drawn to one label. Yes, there was one bottle that gave me hope of a great glass of wine with my beef-filled dinner. This beautiful red from one of California’s best wineries and best wine regions (Paso Robles) was calling my name, and boy, did it deliver at only $15 per bottle! So if you are ever in need of a big red wine when grocery shopping, keep an eye out for this wine label. It is one of my new go-tos outside of the local wine shop, much like my pharmacy and filling station wines.
J. Lohr’s 2010 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon rocks. Give it a try! There are five things you need to know about this wine:
1.) At only $15 per bottle at my local grocery store and $18 at here at wine.com, it provides great value.
2.) J. Lohr was named the American Winery of the Year in 2010 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. So you would be making a pretty safe bet by picking up a bottle from this winery.
3.) Paso Robles is one of the top winemaking regions in California. Known for its intense heat, Rhone varietals, like Syrah, and other heat-loving varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon, fare very well in Paso Robles. And if you are making a trip to Calif’s Central Coast and need some itin ideas, check out these Paso Robles options from my 2011 trip.
4.) While labeled a Cabernet Sauvignon, the winemaker blends in a fair bit of Merlot and other varietals to smooth out the wine’s rough edges, which I welcome at this modest price point. This wine is fruit forward and easily approachable. From the winemaker:
The 2010 Seven Oaks is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Ripe fruit aromas of black plum, blueberry and cherry are mixed into a bouquet of roasted hazelnut, vanilla and coconut from a year in barrel. Mature and round on the palate, this well structured vintage has a generous fruit signature and soft finish.
-Steve Peck, J. Lohr’s Red Winemaker
5.) It paired very well with my ‘famous’ stuffed green peppers (stuffing = beef, arrabiata sauce, and lots of mozzarella cheese) for the main course and chocolate truffles for dessert.
The Wandering Wine Girl