After tasting over 200 lots during the 2015 auction, there was one that stood out among the rest. The 2013 Shafer Sunspot Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon was the cream of the crop, and we weren't going home without it. After the paddles came down and the bidding war was over (and the lot was ours!), we ran into winemaker Elias Fernandez who stated emphatically that the lot was the best wine Shafer has ever produced since their famed 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon. Now that's high praise!
With only 60 bottles in existence, this is one of the rarest bottlings ever produced by Shafer Vineyards and we're the only place you can get it. Sourced exclusively from the Sunspot Vineyard, this is one of the key blocks that makes up Shafer's legendary Hillside Select. If you're a true collector of Napa Cabernet, you need this in your cellar. Follow this crimson white rabbit into the depths of wine wonderland. The clock is ticking... don't be late for this very important date with liquid destiny!
“Year in year out, [Shafer] is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world...Today, this is a winery that does everything about as perfect as can be. They have kept their feet, heads and egos grounded, and continue to kick proverbial ass with every vintage.” – Parker In 1972 John Shafer departed his 23 year career in publishing and moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. Fortuitously, he found a 210 acre parcel in the Stags Leap District and set up shop. His first task at hand was that of replanting the vineyards, some of which dated back to the 1920s. The Shafer family crushed their first Cabernet in 1978 and began building their winery the next year. Needless to say, that first release became not only a benchmark but a legend in its own right. Eventually they expanded their beautiful hillside acreage and in 1983, John's son, Doug Shafer, became winemaker after graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. Since then, Doug has stepped up to becoming the company's president and has passed the winemaking reins over to Elias Fernandez. From their somewhat modest beginnings, Shafer has blossomed into a world-class estate that is nationally and internationally renowned.