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Shafer Vineyards

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Rating: C-D
Dec 16th, 2010
6154 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

Phone: 707 944 2877

Hours: 2 Tastings for 10 People: 10am and 2pm, Mon - Fri

Club/Discounts: Mailing List

Tasting Fees: $45

We really enjoyed the tasting at Shafer and had been wanting to try it for a while. $45 for a tasting is definitely expensive, probably the most expensive tasting we have been to in Napa Valley, but as they produce one of the premier Cabs in CA, they can really charge what they want; people will pay it. For the $45 you do get 5-6 decent sized tastings of their current vintage, in a sit down setting with no more than 10 people. There are 2 tastings daily, 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday. The wines are all very good, the staff very knowledgeable and a beautiful location. Very good all around.

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1997 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon ($150)Rating: DD
Jun 8th, 2005
      Best Wine of 2005
      Best Wine - June, 2005

Exquisite, one of the best wines ever tasted, fills the mouth with smooth fruit flavours, excellent balance of tannins and a finish that goes on forever
2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon ($215)Rating: D
Dec 21st, 2010
Shafer's signature wine sourced from the hillside vineyard surrounding the winery. 2400 cases produced. The wine is aged 4 years before release. This wine is built to last. Huge wine with excellent balance, the tannins go on and on. Will only get better with some time
2007 Relentless ($60)Rating: C-D
Dec 21st, 2010
Very good Napa Valley Syrah (80%) / Petite Sirah (20%). Full mouth, big finish, excellent fruit. Dark ruby red. Really enjoyed it
2003 Napa Valley Merlot ($40)Rating: C
Jun 20th, 2008
Very jammy, but very good for the price. a real smooth drinker with still plenty of fruit. Should last for a good few years.
2007 Merlot ($48)Rating: C
Dec 21st, 2010
We all really liked the Napa Valley Merlot. At 10000 cases it is the largest produced wine from Shafer. Much of the fruit comes from a hilly Shafer owned vineyard about 0.25 miles south of Stags Leap District ("School Bus Vineyard"). Drinking very well out of the bottle. Nice structure with good fruit and tannins.
2007 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($70)Rating: C
Dec 21st, 2010
One Point Five relates to 1.5 generations (father and son team) - John and Doug Shafer. This Stag's Leap Cabernet is predominantly sourced from the Hillside Estate Vineyards at the winery as well as a 25 acre Shafer owned vineyard known as "Borderline" in the Stag's Leap District. 9400 cases produced. Big fruit, smooth wine. Drinking well with large tannins, this wine will get better with time
2006 Napa Valley Merlot ($50)Rating: B-C
Jul 18th, 2008
Nice body and good fruit, lovely finish. Will age well.
2008 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay ($48)Rating: B-C
Dec 21st, 2010
Red Shoulder Ranch is located in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. There is no malolactic fermentation and it is aged for 14 months in individual barrels, 75% Oak, 25% Stainless Steel. A nice, crisp Chardonnay and a good way to start the day

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