2017 J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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The first-ever J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon release is a pure expression of a noble variety from young vines on a single vineyard. Black currants, anise and tobacco shape the nose. Firm structure on the palate gives way to a long finish of red fruit. A Winery Exclusive offering from our Vineyard Series.
— Steve Peck, director of winemaking
El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA
With proper cellaring, will age gracefully for 8 to 12 years from vintage date.12 Years
Pairs perfectly with a ribeye steak with tarragon butter and roasted cauliflower.
Shotwell Vineyard is located in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles. The climate here rates a moderate Region II on the Winkler heat accumulation scale, which characterizes it as a fairly cool location for growing late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. This tightly spaced, cane-pruned vineyard is laid out with 8 foot by 4 foot vine spacing on calcareous Linne-Calodo soil; it was planted from 2013 to 2015. The undulating hills at this location required that the row direction for planting follow the slope of each block. The cooler climate at Shotwell demands that our J. Lohr viticulturalists closely monitor vine stress to achieve the ripest possible flavors and complementing tannins.
Our Shotwell Vineyard received more than twenty inches of rainfall in 2017 – the highest precipitation total in this young vineyard’s history. This followed an unprecedented 5-year period of below average rainfall for the Paso Robles region and the entire state. A warm vintage, this bottling represents the second crop ever to be harvested from Blocks 14 and 16 that were planted in 2014 to Cabernet Sauvignon ENTAV clone 412.