2021 SHAFER Cabernet Sauvignon "TD-9" Napa Valley

SHAFER Cabernet Sauvignon

¥16,500 (incl. tax)

TD-9 was the model of the old International Harvester tractor that John Shafer used to cultivate the family’s rocky hillside property. Because Shafer senior knew little about farming (or operating farm equipment), his effort to master the ancient machine symbolizes the adventurous spirit needed to start a winery. Whereas TD-9 had been crafted as a classic Bordeaux blend, with either Merlot or Cabernet playing a significant role, it is now labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon with a cepage of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. With fruit sourced from sites in Stag’s Leap District, Yountville, and southern Napa Valley foothills, TD-9 is a full-bodied, juicy wine. Winemaker Elias Fernandez notes that the wine “fills the glass with irresistible aromas and flavors of fresh black cherries, black currant, red plum, thyme, rose petal, and cocoa. Lush and mouth-filling, this 2021 offers the kind of complexity and structure that ensures many years of enjoyment ahead.”

Winery


Winery Description

In the Stags Leap District, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. The well-drained volcanic soils and climate cooled by regular San Pablo Bay fogs produce cabs that are silky, supple and voluptuous: “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” While the Stags Leap District is now world class, when John Shafer moved his family there from Chicago in 1973, it was a place of rocky hillsides and rundown vineyards and orchards. At that time, “up-valley” was the focus of premium winemaking whereas this rocky corner of the valley did not even have an agreed-upon name. But as the land was affordable and had supported vineyards in the past, John Shafer decided it was the place to pursue his dream in wine.

Shafer Vineyards is a moderately-sized, family-owned operation whose pursuit of quality in both viticulture and winemaking helped define not only their own winery but the Stags Leap District as well. At the start it was just John and his son Doug doing everything, from terracing the hillsides, to planting vines, to making and selling the wine. Doug was only 17 when he began helping his father transform the old farm into a modern vineyard. He went on to study enology at UC Davis and became Shafer’s winemaker in 1983. Success came quickly to Shafer Vineyards, with its very first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon winning the prestigious San Francisco Vintner’s Club taste-off. Shafer’s Hillside Select, the winery’s showcase made from 100% Cabernet grown on the steep slopes surrounding the winery, became a benchmark that epitomized the complexity, richness and elegance of the Stags Leap District. While Shafer built its reputation on its Cabernets, the winery also produces Merlot and Syrah from estate vineyards just outside the Stags Leap District as well as Chardonnay from Carneros. Shafer’s 2008 Relentless, a blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah was selected as Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year for 2012.  Despite success and high demand for its wines, Shafer Vineyards chose to remain small enough to be manageable, capping growth at about 32,000 cases. In addition to John and Doug Shafer, that team includes Elias Fernandez, who joined in 1984 and has been winemaker since 1994. The charm of drinking a glass of Shafer wine comes from knowing that the folks who made it are so intimately acquainted with the land, the vineyards and even the individual vines. In this age of global conglomerates, it is a quality that deserves to be cherished.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Shafer
Vintage 2021
Color Red
Varietal(s) 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 30.0
Case Size 35.5 x 26.5 x 31.0
Alcohol 15.3%
Product Code SH21TD9
UPC 013528900028

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

A vibrant nose of black cherry, black currant, red plum and notes of thyme and rose petals lead to an expansive mouthful of lush flavors. Fine-grained tannins and lively acidity and minerality provide structure and a long finish. 

Production


Vinification

Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak.

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