I definitely recommend decanting this wine for maximum pleasure. It was great after opening but the next night there was a small amount left and wow, even better! I‘m sure you’re thinking, “Why did you have leftover wine?” Sorry, don’t think less of me.
The J. Lohr folks recommend grilled rosemary lamb chops with garlic mashed potato and roasted beets with the PAU. I will further that and say that almost anything grilled with lots of herbs would be fantastic.
So what’s PAU? The inspiration behind this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillic district of Bordeaux. These are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petite Verdot accents. This specific 2010 PAU is 55% Cab Sauv, 25% Merlot, 10% Malbec, and 10% Petite Verdot.
The only thing better than this wine is J. Lohr’s commitment to sustainability. They mention everything from trapping rainfall in reservoirs to use for irrigation to recycling paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, grape pomace, and landscape waste. The fact that a large winery like J. Lohr has put in the research and work has led to them using a 1/3 less water since 2003. Why can’t all of us work a little harder to save our resources? They have proven to be a leader in the California sustainability movement. Cheers to them!
-To read more about J. Lohr’s water conservation practices, read our review of their 2011 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah.