Shafer Vineyards stands out as a luminary in the world of California Cult wines, a designation that puts it in the same league as illustrious names like Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate.
- 100 Point Scores: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignons
- Most Popular: Shafer's Hillside Select, noted for its rich concentration and velvety tannins.
- Highest Achievement: Induction into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame.
Provenance & Masters Behind the Bottle
Established in 1972, Shafer Vineyards was founded by John Shafer, a publishing executive turned viticulturist. The estate is now expertly managed by his son, Doug Shafer, who also serves as the winemaker. Doug is particularly renowned for pioneering a meticulous approach to fermentation, leveraging smaller tanks for more nuanced flavor profiles.
Vineyard & Craftsmanship
Nestled in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, the vineyard spans a mere 200 acres, contributing to the scarcity of these treasured wines. Its unique soil composition, a mix of volcanic and loam, complements the primarily Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Attention to detail is evident in their selective harvesting, ensuring only optimal grape clusters make the cut.
Aging & Investment Value
Shafer wines display excellent aging potential, with older vintages gaining complexity without losing vitality. As these wines often reach their peak after a decade or more in the bottle, they provide an enticing investment avenue for collectors, promising both taste and financial rewards.