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2015 Shafer Vineyards 'TD-9'Proprietary Red Napa Valley

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Named for an old International Harvester TD-9 Model tractor that John Shafer—who knew nothing about farming when he moved to the Napa Valley—taught himself to drive and maintain in the 1970s. Instead of riding a commuter train into Chicago, he was now driving his own destiny, and boy we are glad he did. This is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet with a splash of Malbec from Shafer’s estate vineyards in Yountville, Stags Leap, and the Vacas just south of Stags Leap. True to form, this is an absolutely seamless, blue-fruited, expressive red with notes of mocha and dusty black plums. If you’re not yet familiar with Shafer’s standard of excellence, “TD-9” is a great way to get acquainted.



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.


Proprietary Red
Country of Origin:
United States
Napa Valley
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