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Paying homage to John Shafer's original tractor, this proprietary blend sourced from Stags Leap and other Napa Valley vineyards will elicit many "Wows!" Shafer is considered by Robert Parker as “one of the superstar wineries in the entire world.” Today, Vivino brings you the world premier of newest wine this famed estate from the stellar 2016 vintage. A voluptuous, enticing, and delicious red blend from Stag's Leap District that will leave you and your best friends coveting more.
Don’t wait too long as we were only able to secure a handful of cases!
About the wine
The reason behind the wine and the goal of the new project is simple: to make the best wine every year from their newer vineyards. The wine is vibrant with complex aromas of ripe red and black fruit, lavender, and herbs. The finish is pure, energetic flavours of dried cherry, blackberry, strawberry, liquorice, and cocoa all pulled together with wet slate minerality, clean acidity, and ripe, seamless tannins.
Winemaker: Doug Shafer & Elias Fernandez
Appellation: Napa Valley, California, USA
- 4.2/5.0, Vivino Rating
- 95/100, Wine Enthusiast
- 94/100, Wine Advocate
- 94/100, Vinous
- 93/100, Jeb Dunnuck
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
Vineyards: Stags Leap District, Yountville, & Vaca Mtn.
Cooperage: 20 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels (100% new: Allier and Tronçais)
4.2 ★ - Vivino Users (597 Reviews)
“Rich dark chocolate, espresso, black currants, licorice, and tar notes with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and long finish. This is a beautiful wine from Shafer!” Teresa T.
“Hints of greatness that I'm sure will emerge with a few more years in the bottle. Lovely fruit with great tannins after a long decant. I'll be back in a couple of years to see how it's doing.” David L.
95 Points, Wine Enthusiast
The winery's proprietary blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec is hugely impressive and memorable, with a smoky, toasted oak character. Plush flavors of blackberry and cherry jam meld with spice on the rich, round midpalate. It offers plenty of grip and concentration, finishing on a handful of dried herb.
94 Points, Wine Advocate
The 2016 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. It has a very deep purple-black color and displays ready-for-biz, fragrant scents of warm plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry compote with touches of baking spices, bay leaves and potpourri. Full-bodied with a serious, firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, the palate delivery loads of black fruit and spicy layers with bags of vivacity and panache.
94 Points, Vinous
The 2016 TD-9 exudes raciness and total class, along with a bit better balance than the 2015 tasted along side it. In 2016, winemaker Elias Fernandez aged the components together, which, along with the natural pedigree of the vintage, goes a long way in shaping the wine's striking quality. A burst of red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal and spice lead into the silky, super-polished finish.
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Leading off the reds, the 2016 TD-9 checks in as 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16% Malbec and is a cuvée first made in 2015. Revealing considerable elegance and purity as well as medium to full-bodied richness, it offers up a terrific bouquet of black cherry and blackberry fruits, tobacco, lavender, and an alluring forest floor character. It’s already drinking beautifully yet will keep for upwards of a decade.