Wine review: J Lohr 2008 Petite Sirah Tower Road Paso Robles

Proving that Petite Sirah is on the way up in the wine circles, J Lohr is confident enough in this grape’s popularity to produce a single-vineyard offering — from the warm growing region of Paso Robles. (Read more about Petite Sirah and the Paso Robles AVA). Rich, smoky, concentrated and port-like, it bursts out currant, plum, bittersweet chocolate, blackberries and cedar. High in alcohol and astringent tannins so not for guzzling, but contemplative sipping.

Sweetness=2 out of 10.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Price: $35 (yes, a little steep but in the blind tasting people exclaimed they’d pay it. And these are frugal wine shoppers, I might add)
Occasion: Blind tasted a sample sent from the winery.
Availability: Going to be tough to find but you can get it on the website
Food pairing: Slow roasted meat dishes like lamb stew, pot roast or grilled, fatty beef ribeyes.



  1. $35 for a Petite Sirah is over the top.

    Peter Manso

  2. I thought it was ballsy as well. But it’s pretty darn tasty.

  3. Available for far less if you look around the net, and double gold – 98 points @ the state fair, seems like a no brainer.

  4. Good to know and I’ve seen it a few more times on restaurant wine lists since I wrote this review.


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