037 - Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson Sips Schramsberg, J. Lohr & Hertelendy in The One Wine Glasses with Shelley & Phil
Wine Time Fridays Podcast
It’s a new year AND a new season! In honor of turning the calendar, saying 'good riddance' to 2020 and ‘hello 2021, what took you so long?’, Shelley and Phil have the honor of tasting through three different wines with Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson, maker of The One Wine stemware. This is the longest episode in the history of Wine Time Fridays because there is just so much great information! Learn about Andrea’s two spanking new wine courses, available scholarships and why you don’t need to waste kitchen real estate with wine glasses you never use on this episode of Wine Time Fridays. #HappyNewYears! #HappyFriday! #ItsWineTime!Wines tasted this episode: 2016 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs ($49 from The Culinary Stone)J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay ($11 from Super One)2014 Hertelendy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($125 from Wine Library)For more information on the 2016 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs please visit https://shop.schramsberg.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=N16For more information on the 2019 J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay please visit https://www.jlohr.com/wines/2019-riverstone-chardonnayFor more information on the 2014 Hertelendy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon please visit https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/hertelendy-2014-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley/For more information on Andrea’s two new wine courses, please visit https://andreawine.com/virtualwinecourses/ Use the code "Fridays Friends 15” at checkout for 15% off any course you purchase!To see the rules and submit an application for one of Andrea’s 10 scholarships to her Great Wines Made Simple 8-session wine course, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXvQp-9w5S5B4E8wUayDQ2PN1NF5lQTTdpjkrvELr3Ds5fIw/viewformIf you want to drink your wine out the same wine glasses Shelley and Phil use please visit https://andreawine.com/theonewineglass/ and use the code “AndreaFF15” at checkout for 15% off!A special thanks to our sponsors:The Social Media Web. Visit https://www.smwcda.com for more information on the The Social Media Web and The Social Media Summit Inner Circle.The Culinary Stone. Looking for that special bottle of wine or a wine club that really over delivers, visit https://culinarystone.com or call them at 208-277-4116.And of course, a HUGE thank you to Tod Hornby who wrote and recorded our official Wine Time Fridays theme music which is ANYthing but average. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Mentions: Gary Vaynerchuck, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Coravin, Napa Valley Vintners, Kevin Zraly, Heidi and Chris Cochran, Rooted Family Wines.Please visit us at https://winetimefridays.com, and find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WineTimeFridays), Twitter (@VintageTweets) and Instagram (@WineTimeFridays).
As Chardonnay Day is May 21, 2020, Shelley and Phil taste through three, yes three, Chardonays, all from Monterey County, California. A J. Lohr, their house white, and two different Mer Soleil’s, one with some oak and the other un-oaked.
The StoryThe J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Syrah sourced mainly from J. Lohr's 7 Oaks vineyard as well as other estate vineyards in the Paso Robles AVA of the Central Coast AVA in California. J. Lohr is a family-owned winery founded in the Monterey AVA in the early 1970s. In the 1980s they expanded into the Paso Robles AVA (south of Monterey AVA) and have a property in the St. Helena AVA inside of Napa Valley.I have been a fan of J. Lohr wines for some time, not only because they taste great, but how they go about their business. This may be something that appeals to only me, but in writing the Cheap Wine Finder website I come across a plethora of wine company websites and their corresponding wine technical notes. Most wine company websites, while attractive to the eye, say almost nothing. I think the key is being positive, promote an upscale lifestyle but do not say anything that can turn folks off.J. Lohr has an attractive website, just like you would expect, but their technical notes go into terrific detail. They compare the growing season to previous vintages and give details on exactly which procedures were used in winemaking that few wine companies bother to tell. I actually learned more about malolactic fermentation from their tech notes than I knew before I read it. Gleaming actual knowledge form a wine website and technical notes are very rare, trust me, I know all too well.So, what did I learn, well for one there was a heatwave in early September where temperatures hit 115 degrees. This could have been troublesome, but since temps went back to normal and the harvest wasn't until October the vines had plenty of time to de-stress and the vintage turned out well. I also learned a few things about malolactic fermentation. This Cabernet was fermented in stainless steel tanks, but for malolactic 20% was transferred to small oak barrels. Then Viniflora Oenos (dried bacteria) is added to the wine and that process changes the natural tart acid in the wine to rounded acid.Almost all Red wines receive this process, but J. Lohr is the first winery to shed a little light on the subject. This Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in American oak barrels for 12 months, 22% new barrels with the rest used barrels. Another first is the tech notes said the oak came from Missouri and Minnesota. When French oak is used it isn't uncommon to list which French forest the oak came from. American oak is usually mentioned as an afterthought, but not here. I get the impression that J. Lohr is proud of their wines and what went into the making of their wines.I get it that most wine drinkers do not geek out on the tasting and tech notes as I do. It is just that wineries should be more transparent with their winemaking. Lifestyle marketing is fine, but being more open with their processes would probably lead to better wine. So kudos to J. Lohr. The alcohol content is 14%.Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting NotesThe color is ripe black cherry red with a clear halo. The nose is subtle and balanced, blackberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, soft spice, black pepper, lightly herbal, with a faint floral edge. This is a sleek, refined Cabernet Sauvignon with a nice stew of flavors. It starts with a mix of extracted blackberry and sweet blueberry, licorice, vanilla, and pepper. The mid-palate offers milk chocolate, orange zest, ripe raspberry, and a slap of Altoid's spice. The flavors are well-balanced, no one taste overpowers the next. The tannins are sweet and the acidity lets the flavors unfold. Pair this Cabernet Sauvignon with a steak on the grill or drink it on its own. The finish mirrors the body of the wine and has good length.The Summary The J.Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is a very good California Cabernet. This is an interesting Cab, it is mass-produced, they make a fair amount of this wine,