Shafer Vineyards is located in the famed Stags Leap AVA of the Napa Valley. Founder John Shafer was originally in the publishing industry. In 1972, he moved to the Napa Valley and bought 210 acres in Stags Leap. Shafer immediately began the terribly difficult task of reestablishing a dilapidated, 50 year old vineyard.
But with great effort comes success; it is this hillside that gives Shafer the fruit that has defined his Cabs. Many of these vines are on steep, terraced slopes. Because he replanted the entire vineyard with his son Doug, the two have a thorough knowledge of their land.
The Shafer’s produced 1,000 cases of Cab for their first vintage in 1978. In 1981, this wine was released to critical and commercial acclaim. It won first place at the prestigious San Francisco Vintners Club Cabernet Sauvignon taste-off.
Soil and the climate were the keys to this wine’s success. The rocky, fast draining soil causes the vines to produce very intensely flavored berries with multiple levels of complexity. The heat enables the grapes to thoroughly ripen, while the cool, breezy nights retain their acidity.
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