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2018 J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Malbec

90 Points Wine Spectator, Dec. 2020

Abundant with color, this 2018 Shotwell Vineyard Malbec offers aromas of milk chocolate, cherry, and violet. The texture is super-soft, with plum, raspberry, hibiscus, and a touch of cracked pepper on the palate.

- Brenden Wood, Red Winemaker

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 97%


    • 2%


    • 1%

      Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Origin

    El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA

  • Cellaring

    Best fruit within 5 years of vintage date; will hold for 10 years.

    12 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Enjoy this exuberant wine with a seafood paella or an Argentine- style beef asado.

  • Maturation

    Time in Barrel: 18 months

    Barrel Type: 60-gallon French Oak barrels, 10% new


The J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard is located in the El Pomar District of the Paso Robles AVA. The climate here is a moderate Region II on the Winkler heat accumulation scale, which characterizes it as a quite cool location for late-ripening red varieties. This tightly spaced cordon-trained, spur-pruned planting of Malbec clone 596 is laid out with an 8’ by 4’ vine spacing. Planted in 2015 on a north-facing slope of calcareous Linne-Calodo soil, the steep slope at this location required the row direction for planting to follow the grade of the hillside - in order for our tractors to navigate the steep terrain.


Thanks to a “Miracle March,” the 2018 Paso Robles growing season reached normal rainfall levels with over 70% of the season’s precipitation accumulated in a 3-week period. This kicked off a vintage of exceptional quality and yield. A stretch of warm weather in May assured a good fruit set in the vineyard. The fruit was picked in the early morning hours on the last day of October, displaying an exuberant flavor profile. This winery-exclusive Shotwell Vineyard Malbec showcases the elegance of this classic Bordeaux variety.

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