2017 J. Lohr El Pomar Vineyards Malbec
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El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA
Best fruit within 5 years of vintage date; will hold for 15 years.15 Years
Enjoy this exuberant wine with a seafood paella or an Argentine-style beef asado
J. Lohr’s Shotwell and Creston Vineyards are located across the road from one another in the El Pomar District sub-appellation of Paso Robles. The climate here is a moderate Region II on the Winkler heat accumulation scale, characterizing it as a fairly cool location for late-ripening Bordeaux varieties. These tightly spaced cordon-trained, spur-pruned vineyards are laid out with an 8’ by 4’ vine spacing; they were planted on north-facing slopes of calcareous Linne-Calodo soil in 2015. The steep slopes at these locations required that the row direction for planting follow the grade of each block in order for our equipment to navigate the steep terrain.
The J. Lohr Shotwell and Creston vineyards welcomed in excess of twenty inches of rainfall in 2017, which was the highest rainfall total ever seen by these young vineyard blocks. This followed an unprecedented 5-year period of below average precipitation for the Paso Robles region. A warm vintage, this exciting bottling represents the first-ever crop from these young Malbec plantings. The 2017 final blend is composed of 80% ENTAV clone 596 Malbec from the Shotwell Vineyard and 20% FPS clone 9 Malbec from the Creston Vineyard.