Shafer Vineyards TD-9 Napa Valley Red Blend 2017

$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

Angela Bortugno Delectable Pro

Beautifully aromatic showing blueberries so I though it might have a fair amount of Malbec. Texture is supple yet there is a bit of a grip. A little astringent. A nice sipping wine and pairs nicely with our rib eye too! TD-9 is named for the tractor John Shafer drive in the vineyards. May he rest In peace. 62%Merlot, 22%Malbec, 16%Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautifully aromatic showing blueberries so I though it might have a fair amount of Malbec. Texture is supple yet there is a bit of a grip. A little astringent. A nice sipping wine and pairs nicely with our rib eye too! TD-9 is named for the tractor John Shafer drive in the vineyards. May he rest In peace. 62%Merlot, 22%Malbec, 16%Cabernet Sauvignon

8.9

Al Shikoh Delectable Pro

opaque, inky purple, very prominent tears; dark berries, smoke, coffee, violets; soft, very juicy, a bit lighter than expected in midpalate, some heat on the finish, 15.3% ABV; blend of 62% Merlot, 22% Malbec, and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon; p$57

opaque, inky purple, very prominent tears; dark berries, smoke, coffee, violets; soft, very juicy, a bit lighter than expected in midpalate, some heat on the finish, 15.3% ABV; blend of 62% Merlot, 22% Malbec, and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon; p$57

8.8

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 56% Merlot, 28%Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Wonderful berry fruit aromas, flavors of cherry, jammy blackberry and rasp with notes of cacao and sweet herbs. Long finish ending with earthy mineral. Drink now & over next few years, any longer the wine will lose vibrant quality. Nice!

Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 56% Merlot, 28%Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Wonderful berry fruit aromas, flavors of cherry, jammy blackberry and rasp with notes of cacao and sweet herbs. Long finish ending with earthy mineral. Drink now & over next few years, any longer the wine will lose vibrant quality. Nice!

9.3

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

The ’17 is a blend of a blend of 62% Merlot, 22% Malbec and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 months on new French oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of red fruits, baking spice and fragrant sweet scents. On the palate flavors of black cherry and sweet plums with cinnamon, licorice and wafts of cacao. Good acidity, firm ripe dusty tannins, well balanced, long finish ending with fruit, tobacco and earthy character. Outstanding!

The ’17 is a blend of a blend of 62% Merlot, 22% Malbec and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 months on new French oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of red fruits, baking spice and fragrant sweet scents. On the palate flavors of black cherry and sweet plums with cinnamon, licorice and wafts of cacao. Good acidity, firm ripe dusty tannins, well balanced, long finish ending with fruit, tobacco and earthy character. Outstanding!

9.1

Peggy Hadley

Nice blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet. Google the tractor TD-9. Can’t believe he used that tractor.

Nice blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet. Google the tractor TD-9. Can’t believe he used that tractor.

9.1

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