2019 J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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The winery-exclusive 2019 J. Lohr Shotwell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure expression of this noble variety from six year-old vines. Big aromas of black currant and fresh blackberry are supported by hints of blueberry, anise, and olive tapenade. Black cherry and plum flavors follow, held together by a firm yet energetic structure on the palate.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
El Pomar District, Paso Robles, CA
Will age gracefully for 8 to 12 years from vintage date.12 Years
Classic Cabernet Sauvignon flavors pair 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 cane-pruned vineyard is laid out with 8 foot by 4 foot vine spacing on calcareous Linne-Calodo soil and 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 2019 vintage benefited from above-average preseason rainfall that fell throughout the winter months from November to March, leaving us with a full moisture profile in the soil as the vines woke from dormancy in April. Summer temperatures rose to normal for the region with enough daytime heat to ripen the fruit, followed by cool nighttime temperatures which preserved flavors and acidity. The long growing season in 2019 paid off with fruit for this prized bottling being picked on October 28th with opulent yet balanced flavors.