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