El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA
The 2018 Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will be available soon!
Shotwell Vineyard is located in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles. The climate here is a moderate Region II on the Winkler Index, which characterizes it as a quite cool location for growing the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon variety. 2018 was one of those "Miracle March" vintages where Mother Nature provided a series of storms that brought the majority of the seasonal rainfall within a few short weeks. At harvest, 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. The wine was aged 19 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, with 33% being new wood. Winemaker Brenden Wood’s notes: “The 2018 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. Its classic Cabernet Sauvignon flavors will pair well with hanger steak seasoned with green peppercorn sauce, and served with roasted cauliflower.”