"J. Lohr’s three Paso Robles estate vineyards—Shotwell in the El Pomar District, Beck in the Creston District, and Gean in the Adelaida District—are home to the grapes that make up this expressive red. Each site adds its own personality traits that, combined with a new proprietary yeast strain called the Hilltop isolate and the finest French oak barrels, result in the best-ever vintage for this iconic label (Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon was first planted at Hilltop Vineyard in 1989). The wine, which has 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cab Franc blended in, makes a memorable first impression with serious scents of blue fruit covered in violets. Dense on the palate, graphite joins notes of plum, tar, and licorice as well as curvaceous yet arresting tannins. The fruit engages with concentration and turns blacker and bolder on the finish."