- Shafer Merlot Napa 2011 Product #27910 (In Stock)
The 2011 Shafer Merlot continues this wine's always outstanding quality but also reflects the cool, cloudy, vintage. Rich aromas of dark roasted coffee bean, black cherry, plum and baking spice. Then elegant and easy in the mouth with mellow flavors of black currant and cherry, sweet spice, smoke, and espresso. The light, dusty, tannins provide just the right support for buttery beef but don't get in the way of solo sipping.
- Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 2012 Product #28449 (In Stock)
Still big, but less oaky and more precise than ever.
"Bright light-medium yellow. Pungent aromas of mirabelle, orange blossom, white currant and subtle oak, lifted by a floral high note. Densely packed and firm, with bright acidity and a hint of minerality intensifying the peach and citrus flavors. Boasts excellent clarity and length: this may be even better in two years. This wine has changed 180 degrees in recent vintages, from opulent and very oaky to still quite dense but with more clarity and energy."International Wine Cellar 92 points
"The gorgeous, honeyed, citrus 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch appears to have backed off considerably on the oak. Medium to full-bodied with striking purity and texture as well as a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality, this beauty should drink well for 3-4 years."Wine Advocate 91 points
- Shafer Syrah Relentless 2011 Product #28929 (In Stock)
Year after year, one of California's best.
"Shafer"s Relentless project has been a huge success since the debut. Blending Syrah and Petite Sirah, aging it for a long time in French oak, and not compromising on any element of the winemaking process has put them at the top of the Rhone Ranger sweepstakes. From a more challenging vintage, the 2011 Relentless exhibits a similar opaque blue/purple color as well as remarkable concentration and balance. With stunning perfume, purity, texture and full-bodied richness, the 2011 is slightly more evolved and softer than the 2010, but it offers much of the same character. This compelling effort is one of the superstars of the vintage in 2011."Wine Advocate 94-96 points
"This big red brims with dark, rich, chunky blackberry and wild berry fruit, with notes of black licorice that edge toward prune. Maintaining a fine balance for its size, this is extracted, with firm, chewy, peppery tannins. Syrah and Petite Sirah."Wine Spectator 94 points