1997 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 90
  • IWC 90

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WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2000
The dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is brilliant. Small quantities (7% of each) of Cabernet Franc and Merlot have been added to the blend giving the wine more aromatic breadth and flavor dimension... The dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is brilliant. Small quantities (7% of each) of Cabernet Franc and Merlot have been added to the blend giving the wine more aromatic breadth and flavor dimension. Dense and rich with high extraction sweet fruit full body outstanding purity and mineral/spicy aromas the 1997 should drink well for 10-15 years.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2000
Superripe aromas of cassis black cherry cocoa powder loam flowers and menthol. Dense and fat but juicy with very good flavor intensity and solid underlying spine. Concentrated flavors of black cherry currant and loam... Superripe aromas of cassis black cherry cocoa powder loam flowers and menthol. Dense and fat but juicy with very good flavor intensity and solid underlying spine. Concentrated flavors of black cherry currant and loam offer a youthful austerity. Finishes with firm but supple tannins a hint of fresh herbs and very good persistence.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1997

Winery

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1972 by John Shafer who left a 23-year career in the publishing industry to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate, the family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards which dated back to the 1920s.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer.

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later, Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.

New vineyards have been added over the years, with acreage acquired in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, bringing the total Shafer vineyard acreage to over 200 acres. Winery facilities have been expanded and extensive caves carved into the hillside for aging wine.

In 1994, Elias was appointed winemaker, and Doug took over the reins as president when John became chairman of the board.