If you love wines like Shafer’s Hillside Select, and the bold, impeccable wines of this estate, you’re also going to flip for the following Malbec. It comes with our highest recommendation. It’s distinctly floral and exotic, leading Wine Enthusiast to note its “undeniable wealth of violet and lavender while the palate exudes smoked cherry, juicy blueberry and an underbelly of garrigue.” Pair this with short ribs braised in a red wine mole poblano.
The dynamic duo of Doug Shafer and Elias Fernandez have been partners in crime since 1984 (guess where they got the name), and you can't write the history of Napa Valley without including both of these gentlemen. Doug Shafer (Shafer Vineyards) has been an instrumental force in taking the brand his father, John, started, and has seen it multiply and grow into one of the true behemoths of Napa Cab. Winemaker Elias Fernandez has been a part of Shafer Vineyards for two decades, and has made some of the best wines the valley has ever seen, including Shafer's 2008 Relentless, Wine Spectator's Top wine of 2012.
This project from Doug Shafer and Elias Fernandez continues to impress, showing the beauty of this variety in California when in the right hands. The nose offers an undeniable wealth of violet and lavender while the palate exudes smoked cherry, juicy blueberry and an underbelly of garrigue.