J Lohr Vineyards, findingourwaynow.comIt was a very nice evening.  My husband and I decided to go to one of our favorite haunts for dinner.  The restaurant was showcasing J Lohr Vineyards Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir 2011.  I had heard of it but had not yet had a chance to give it a try.  Selecting this wine to accompany our meal was a very good decision.

Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir 2011, produced by J Lohr Vineyards is located in the beautiful Arroyo Seco Wine Region of Monterey County, not far from the Monterey Peninsula in California, a noteworthy destination in its own right.

J Lohr Vineyards, findingourwaynow.comJerry Lohr was among a handful of early winemaking pioneers to gamble on the California Central Coast to establish his J Lohr Vineyards & Wines in 1960. Originally from South Dakota and armed with extensive research and knowledge of the California Central Coast, Jerry made the Arroyo Seco area in Monterey County home for his first vineyard. The gamble paid off.  This area has since become an acclaimed wine region.

J Lohr Vineyards and Winery is one of the few remaining estate-focused wineries of its size. This is partly due to the consistent involvement by the founding family and a passion for winemaking in the following generation.

J. Lohr Vineryards, findingourwaynow.comJ Lohr Vineyards Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is named after a bird that has made its home in a lone pine tree among their vines. They believe that it’s there to safeguard the grapes from pests, maintaining the balance in a fragile ecosystem.  This nicely expresses their commitment to sustainable wine cultivation practices.

This is what the winemaker has to say about J Lohr Vineyards Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir 2011:

J Lohr Vineyards, findingourwaynow.com“The 2011 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is darker and denser than preceding vintages, owing to the cool growing conditions that year. Aromas of cherry preserves, violet and crème brulée lead to a rich, soft palate. Acidity is clean and invites a wide range of food pairings.

This wine pairs well with pan-seared Ahi tuna with sesame, smoked salmon on savory crackers, or a cheese plate with Humboldt Fog.”

I always enjoy it when I find a great wine when I least expect it.  This was one of those times.

You can find this very nicely balanced Pinot Noir on their website or at wine.com, amazon.com, bevmo.com, CostPlus/World Market and any good wine purveyor.

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading about this wine check out Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2012 and La Merika Pinot Noir.


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  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    It’s nice to see that a wine maker cares as much about the environment as they do about making wine. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      I love that about this vintner. Most all of the CA farmers and wine growers are very much into the environment which makes it all so much better for all. :-)

  • claudiajustsaying

    Susan, I writing J Lohr on my shopping list, thanks for the tip. Claudia

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Claudia, That is so cool. Let me know what you think when you try this wine? :-)

  • Merle Gibbins

    Very interesting Susan. Thank you for sharing all your tips about wine with us.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Merle, You are so welcome. Enjoy my friend. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    Great history on the vineyard. I’m a big fan of the J Lohr’s cabernet sauvignon, but have not tried their pinot noir yet, but I will. You are certainly expanding my selection of choices and my wine board on Pinterest. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hey Debra, All for the cause… LOL. J Lohr generally has some really great wines. Their cab is also one I enjoy. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.jefferson.73 Jon Jefferson

    Creme brûlée notes in a wine sounds interesting. If you are a fan of creme brûlée you should try Southern Tier creme brûlée stout if you can find it. Has strong notes of the brûlée as well.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It is such a nice wine. It’s hard to imagine but it there and adds os much to the experience. I’ll go look for that Jon. It sounds really interesting. :-)

  • Julie

    Ok, Another great wine to pin. Thanks. :D

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Very cool. I aim to please Julie. :-)

  • http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/ Jo-Anne

    Sounds like a wine my father would like

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Ho Jo-Anne, That is very cool. I hope your father can give a try. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I just love that Pinot tends to pair well with so many foods.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, I agree. It is so versital as is a good Pinot Grigio. That is why I find myself gravitating to these two so often. :-)

  • Grace

    Oh I have to give this one a try, you make it sound wonderful!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi grace, So nice to see you. It is well worth trying. Enjoy. :-)

  • Susan Oakes

    The wine with the seared tuna sounds like a great combination Susan.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Susan, It really does, doesn’t it. I’ll have to give this combination and try. :-)

  • VAtoGO

    I must admit that you have really opened my palate to many new wines. This one sounds wonderful. Have you ever showcased Delicato? I will gift you a bottle next time we see each other.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you and thanks so much. I have, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t mind trying another of their releases. It would be great fun. :-)

  • Denise Baer

    I do love my wines. This is a great post. I never heard of J Lohr Vineyards Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, but I love how they came about with the name.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Denise, I did to. It was one of the reason I chose the wine. The fact that it was a really nice wine, only made the whole experience that much better. :-)

  • Edward Reid

    Susan, this was another great article. Your posts always educate me about wines. This is another one that I must try although I tend to like white wines best. Thanks again.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Edward, I’ll convert you yet… LOL Give this a try and let me know your thoughts.

  • http://twitter.com/AdrienneSmith40 Adrienne Smith

    Now that one sounds yummy Susan. Just thinking about all those flavors together is making my mouth water.

    Love the history and the education. My goodness, I’m feeling like I’m learning so much more about wine thanks to you!


    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It really is Adrienne, I love the history and stories of the different wines too. It really make them come alive for me instead of just being a bottle of wine. :-)

  • Michael Belk

    Susan it is so nice to see so much interest in wines and the history. I do not know many names, but you are really getting me interested in the name of many different wines.

    I never thought about the flavors as much before i discovered your site. thanks a lot.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Michael, I think it’s cool too. I wasn’t so sure when I started this page and was writing for myself because it was fun. I am really happy that you are enjoying and finding benefit in my wine posts. :-)

  • Grace

    I really enjoy J Rohr wines in general. I will have to try the Pinot Noir, thanks for the head’s up!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi grace, It’s hard not to enjoy a wine form J. Lohr. I have yet to try them all but I’m sure I’ll find a way… LOL. Le me know when you and give me a shout. :-)

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