About This Wine
In 1972, John Shafer left a 23-year career in publishing and moved to the Napa Valley.
After purchasing a 210-acre estate in the Stags Leap District, the Shafer family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards, which dated to the 1920s, and terracing the steep and rocky hillsides, eventually expanding the vineyard to its present 50 acres.
Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in 1978, and began construction on their winery a year later. Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later, Elias Fernandez was named assistant winemaker. Together, they have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.
Shafer has made one of California’s top Merlots for years, and the 2009 vintage adds to the lineage of success. It’s a big yet easy-drinking wine that’s easy to love.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:92% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Malbec
- Grape Source:Napa Valley’s Yountville Area and Stags Leap District
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Red Plum, Smoke, Spice, Berries and Eucalyptus
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (75% First Use) for 20 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2017
- Food Pairing Suggestionduck breast with a dried cherry/Merlot sauce.
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