Head south. Due south. From 13th Street in downtown Paso Robles straight onto Creston Road, then further down past Highway 41 where Creston Road turns into La Panza Road. There you will find a true hidden gem of Paso Robles, the most southerly winery in the contiguous Paso Robles AVA, Shadow Run. Founded in 2007 by Susan and Les Evans, Shadow Run sits upon a gorgeous 150 acre parcel that was formerly a horse farm and an ancient sea bed dry lakebed filled with all manner of desiccated fossilized sea creatures and calcareous materials, perfect for growing the Rhone style grapes for which Shadow Run has become known.
Shadow Run Winery works with only five Rhone-style varietals – Syrah, Grenache, Petit Sirah, Viognier, and Grenache Blanc – and one Bordeaux varietal, Malbec, to create exceptionally small lots of hand-crafted single-varietal wines and Rhone-style blends. One of the few female winemakers in Paso Robles, Susan learned her craft studying with some of the master winemakers in Paso Robles, and every new vintage is an opportunity for her to hone her craft and create more intense, more exquisitely finished wines. Les and Susan’s son Aaron is also part of the family business and he has recently released his first bottling of an estate malbec blend, Descent, which features a brand-new label design that harkens the future of Shadow Run.