- Blend55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
- WinemakerElias Fernandez
- RegionCalifornia North Coast
- AppellationNapa Valley
- VineyardStags Leap District, Yountville, and a vineyard in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District
- Farming MethodCertified Sustainable and Practicing Organic
- Aging/Cooperage20 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels (100% new: Allier and Tron?ais)
- Brix at Harvest23.5? - 25.5?
- Release DateFebruary 1. 2022
Shafer Proprietary Red TD-9 Napa Valley 2019
“Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world.” - Robert Parker, Jr.
“Shafer is one of Napa Valley's best oiled machines. Year after year the wines deliver the goods in a rich, sumptuous style that defines the very essence of contemporary Napa Valley at its very best.” -Antonio Galloni
Doug Shafer, son of his visionary father John (who took Nathan Fay’s advice in 1978 and planted cabernet in the Stag's Leap District), has led Shafer to new heights, being dubbed one of the "greatest wineries in the world" by the most important wine critic in the world, Robert Parker. We guarantee you’ll agree upon tasting this new release, they are producing the best wines in their storied history.
The 2019 is a head-turner, packed with brooding blue/purple fruits, creme de cassis, rich holiday spices, baking spice and an incredibly velvety and polished texture. A classic blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 8% malbec, 4% petit verdot from three distinct sites, including Stag’s Leap District and winemaker Elias Fernandez aged this in 100% new Allier and Troncais barrels.
We love it. We had a little less this year, so move quickly...!
PAIRING IDEAS: We don’t do this often, but...meatloaf. It’s one of those super-homey things that warms the soul, as does this bottling from Shafer. We like to fancy it up with a few things like bacon or prosciutto, and the rich chicken stock does wonders too.
MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: “Buddy” by Tim Heidecker. We all had a friend like that…