El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA
The 2018 Shotwell Vineyard Malbec will be available soon.
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 Index, which characterizes it as a quite cool location for late-ripening red Bordeaux varieties. The tightly spaced, cordon- trained, spur-pruned planting of Malbec clone 596 was planted in 2015 on a steep, north-facing slope. A small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were included in the final blend. Aged 18 months in thin-staved, medium-plus toast French oak barrels from cooper Nadalié. Winemaker Brenden Wood’s notes: “Abundant with color, 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. Enjoy this exuberant wine with a seafood paella or an Argentine-style beef asado.”