J. Lohr, named after founder and still active operator Jerry Lohr, was one of the first to plant grapes in the Paso Robles region of California in 1986. Today, the winery has more than 2,000 acres of vineyards that were sourced for this wine.
Los Osos contains 78 percent merlot — just above the legal definition of 75 percent to be called a single varietal — along with 17 percent malbec, 4 percent zinfandel and 1 percent petit verdot.
The grapes are fermented in stainless steel, and the wine is barrel-aged for a year. It has an intriguing spice bouquet, displays lots of dark fruit and berry flavors, and has very soft tannins.
Sherry: “Smooth black cherry, with a hint of cocoa and a little coconut.” 3-1/2 stars
Chris: “Flavors of raspberry, cherry and a cocoa finish.” 3-1/2 stars