Shafer

Background

Shafe's 'Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select' is one of the most famous and sort after 'cult wines' from California's Napa Valley. Its ultra ripe, no-holds-barred flavours might not be to everyone's palate, but one cannot deny the energy and enthusiasm of John Shafer (the founder of the site) and his winemaking team of Doug Shafer (his son) and Elias Fernandez who, in their own words, have been letting "the fruit dictate the style".

Despite several other well-known growers passing on the site back in the late '70s, John Shafer found exactly what he was looking for; hillsides of thin, volcanic soils offering quick drainage. After their well received inaugural vintage in 1978, a string of high scoring successes through the '90s and demand far outstripping the supply of their wines (only 2400 cases are produced each year).

I'm sure many of the growers that originally passed on the site are kicking themselves at an opportunity missed.

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Colour Vintage Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score
Red 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 0 3 £350 btls -
Red 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
mags IB 0 1 £450 mags 94
Red 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 0 6 £175 btls 96 (RP)
Red 2014 Relentless
Shafer
btls IB 2 0 £695 cs 96 (JD)
Red 2015 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
Shafer
btls DP 5 0 £350 cs -
Red 2015 Relentless
Shafer
btls IB 1 0 £680 cs -
Red 2015 TD-9
Shafer
btls IB 1 0 £385 cs 91 (JD)
Red 2016 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
Shafer
btls IB 13 0 £350 cs -
Red 2016 TD-9
Shafer
btls IB 4 0 £400 cs -

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