Thursday, November 17, 2005

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Wines

The Napa valley Shafer vineyards were founded in 1972 when John Shafer came to Napa valley and purchased the estate. The 210-acre estate and vineyards dated back to the 1920s so there was a lot of work to be done. After replanting the vineyards the Shafer family had to negotiate the rocky hillside land to build their winery. The winery was built in 1979 and the Shafer label was born. Shafers is best known for its award winning cabernet.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 2001

The 2001 vintage is a special blend that combines traditional Shafers flavors with a unique sweet balance. The concentrated aroma of black currant and the flavor of minerals, tabacco and herbs are off set by an intense fruity sweetness. The flavor is infused with a dark chocolate, vanilla and spice finish. A smooth texture and lasting taste define this Shafers special.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 2000

An intensely aromatic vintage with a fresh black fruit, pepper, mineral and spicy sweet vanilla fragrances. A deep purple glowing tone and a notable sweetness are finished off with a chocolate sensation.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1999

The 1999 Hillside Select is rich in fruit flavors with a light touch of tabacco, herb and mineral. An intense sweetness is coupled with the berry flavors with a full-bodied chocolate finish. A powerful bouquet and a dark red tone complete this vintage.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1998

The 98 cabernet is a traditional Hillside vintage with a depth and richness in both tone and taste. A delicious fruit flavor with the aromatic essence of currants, mineral and vanilla. A long finish with a full flavor and a velvet texture.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1997

This vintage melds a tantalizing assortment of taste and bouquet to perfection producing a fine Shafer cabernet. A lavish sweet mixture of black currents, cherries and plums exude from the bottle with a fine resonating aroma of mineral, toast and smoke. Dark deep tones define this intense, full-bodied cabernet with a well-balanced smooth and powerful finish.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1996

The 96 vintage is an intense age worthy cabernet. Bursting with rich black fruit flavors and a deep striking tone it is a Shafer special. Its strong aroma is matched by its depth and purity and is accompanied by a long lasting finish. Dark fruits and dusty oak flavors complete this vintage.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1995

The 95 Select is a fine production that posseses a flavorsome intensity and a deep sensual tone. It has a velvety thickness to it and will gain further density with age. A melding of dark plum and cherry aromas with a warm mixture of black fruit flavors leaves a lasting impression on the palate. A full-bodied age worthy wine.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1994

This vintage is a particularly ripe and lavish combination, defined by its elegance and delightful finish. A unique lead aroma and subtle underlying scents and flavors of cassis, cedar, minerals and spice accompany the deep ruby tones. A smooth full bodied drop, with a rich texture and a long finish.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1993

A complete mature wine with a bright red tone and a unique oak, plum, earth and mineral aroma. This vintage has a depth in texture and in finish.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1992

The 92 vintage is a strong intense wine with a unique color and a compelling aroma. The predominant flavors are traditional plum and black berry with a ripe fruit sensation on the palate. A long finish with a distinct refined taste.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1991

This year’s vintage possesses an even dark tone and a strong bouquet of herb and cedar. The flavors are ripe and fresh combining the natural essence of black fruits. A complex wine with a subtle finish and a rich aroma.