Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley
The Shafer family purchased this remarkable 85 ha (210 acre) hillside property in Stags Leap District in 1972, initially establishing themselves as grape growers rather than winemakers. However, the transition to wine production has seen their status elevated to the very top echelon of vintners in the state. To support the winery’s development, new estate vineyards have been established in Oak Knoll and Carneros. The winery is no longer small – it has grown from an output of 1,000 cases in 1978 to 32,000 today. There is no doubting the sheer quality of the wines, though. Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay comes from Carneros and is barrel-fermented in French oak. Malolactic is blocked and the wine is ripe and toasty. One Point Five Cabernet like the Merlot and all the wines here sees only French oak. Relentless is a rich and powerful Syrah blended with a little Petite Sirah and aged in barrel for 26 months. Most profound is the remarkable Hillside Select from the finest Stags Leap fruit – a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon of power, finesse and sheer velvety harmony that is truly one of California’s very great reds. (DM)
To find out more about Shafer and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
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