About the Wine
In 2003 Robert Parker called the Shafer Estate, "one of the world’s greatest wineries." The Shafer family is no stranger to the spotlight, receiving critical praise from wine critics abound. The family has produced Wine Spectators "Wine of the Year" along with being recognized by the James Beard Foundation as "Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year." Through all their success and accolades the Shafer Vineyards has remained one of Napa's premier Family owned and operated Estates. There's no better time than now to discover the magic of family-produced Cabernet from one of Napa's best.
TD-9 is an adventurous red blend that celebrates a bold move. The story behind this wine is from morning commuters' trains in Chicago to teaching himself to drive an old TD-9 tractor in Napa Valley. Being the result of spirit, risk-taking, and determination to make the dream of creating wine at Shafer's Vineyard a reality.
It's important to recognize that Shafer is still a family operation and very much hands-on. The total production at Shafer is significantly less than many of the large, well-known commercial brands. You can taste the difference.
Shafer Vineyards is a 30,000 case winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District managed by the father and son team of John and Doug Shafer. The Shafer family owns and farms 200 acres of vineyards, sources for Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Sirah.
Aging: 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot. This vintage of TD-9, with more than 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, fills the glass with vivid aromas and flavors of summer berries, black tea, rose petal, lavender, and black cherry. All this juicy radiance is knit together with ripe Napa Valley tannins, offering abundant enjoyment today while promising even more beauty with time in your cellar
An incredible value, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon TD-9 includes slightly more Merlot and is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 11% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot. Round, sexy, full-bodied, and opulent, it has terrific aromatics of red and black currants, tobacco, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings. Drink this hedonistic yet balanced, elegant beauty over the coming 10-12 years. ~94 Jeb Dunnuck
Aromas of blackberries with old spice, dark cherries, and cloves, following through to a medium to full body with a sold core of ripe fruit and a creamy and stony underlying character. Juicy and rich, yet not overbearing. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drinkable now, but better in 2025. ~93 James Suckling
The 2019 TD-9 is silky, aromatic, and perfumed. Crushed flowers, red berry fruit, spice, and rose petal all show a move towards Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Forward and open-knit, the 2019 is an absolute pleasure to taste. Best of all, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate. ~92 Vinous Media.
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