Shafer Vineyards TD-9 Napa Valley Red Blend 2016

$64.95

Inaugural release!                                New release of Shafer's new Proprietary Red that replaces the Shafer Merlot. This is a stunning new red from Shafer's estate vineyards. Vibrant, complex aromas of ripe red and black fruit, lavender, and herbs fill the glass followed by pure, energetic flavors of dried cherry, blackberry, strawberry, licorice, and cocoa all pulled together with wet slate minerality, clean acidity, and the ripe, seamless tannins that are the hallmarks of this vintage. 56% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec.

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Ratings on Delectable

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice!

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice!

9.0

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice!

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice!

9.2

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice!

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice!

9.2

Victor Aul Delectable Pro

Silky tannins, dark fruit with a medium plus finish. The alcohol is high. That wound suggest RS around 8-10grams per liter

Silky tannins, dark fruit with a medium plus finish. The alcohol is high. That wound suggest RS around 8-10grams per liter

9.1

Raul Puga

Very nice. Perfect pairing with rack of lamb.

Very nice. Perfect pairing with rack of lamb.

9.2

John W

Dark ruby coloration. On the nose, florals and berries. On the palate, jammy, florals, plum, oak, medium strong tannins, with a vanilla oak finish.

Dark ruby coloration. On the nose, florals and berries. On the palate, jammy, florals, plum, oak, medium strong tannins, with a vanilla oak finish.

8.8

Larry Damore

Tannic - needed to open.

Tannic - needed to open.

9.1

Makoto Someya

Oak aroma. Vanilla flavor makes me feel creamy taste with blackberry flavor. A bit spicy. With elegancy. 2016 @2350, tatong - XH, 200303-200411

Oak aroma. Vanilla flavor makes me feel creamy taste with blackberry flavor. A bit spicy. With elegancy. 2016 @2350, tatong - XH, 200303-200411

9.1

Hiroshi Tominaga

Very good, second time. Dark cherry. Bought at TAC for ¥8,800.

Very good, second time. Dark cherry. Bought at TAC for ¥8,800.

9.1

Meghan C

NYE 2019-2020

NYE 2019-2020

9.5

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