2018 J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Enthusiast, June/July 2021
The winery-exclusive J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure expression of this noble variety from six year old vines from a single vineyard block. Black currants, black cherry, and tobacco shape the nose. A firm and energetic structure on the palate gives way to plum, cassis, and anise.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA
With proper cellaring, will age gracefully for 8 to 12 years from vintage date.12 Years
Pairs well with hanger steak seasoned with green peppercorn sauce, served with roasted cauliflower.
Shotwell Vineyard is located in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles. The climate here is a moderate Region II on the Winkler heat-accumulation scale, which characterizes it as a quite cool location for growing the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon variety. This tightly spaced, cane-pruned vineyard is laid out with 8 foot by 4 foot vine spacing on calcareous Linne-Calodo soil. The undulating hills at this location required that the row direction follow the slope of each block.
2018 was one of those “Miracle-March” vintages where, just as we had resigned ourselves to another year of drought in Paso Robles, Mother Nature provided a series of storms that brought the majority of the seasonal rainfall within a short few weeks. This timing coincided with the end of winter dormancy and the onset of rapid springtime growth - generating healthy vine canopies at our Shotwell Vineyard. A moderate vintage in terms of overall heat accumulation, we selected block 8, Clone 47 Cabernet grafted to 5BB rootstock for this bottling, due to its true-to-type varietal expression and energetic palate.