2017 Shafer TD-9

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.3%
Price :
$54.95

62% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec

"The 2017 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 62% Merlot, 22% Malbec and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with bombastic baked cherries, plum preserves and fruitcake scents with hints of underbrush, garrigue, baking spices and rose hip tea. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with spicy blue and black fruit preserves framed with a chewy texture and finishing earthy." (WA)

"The 2017 TD-9 is juicy, expressive and pliant, with soft edges that seem to push the fruit forward. Succulent and racy in style, the 2017 should drink well right out of the gate. Stylistically, the 2017 is a bit more lush and overt than the 2016 tasted alongside it. The blend is 63% Merlot, 22% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon." (VM)

Winery Notes:
TD-9 is a proprietary blend that celebrates a bold move. In 1973, in the space of a few months, John Shafer went from riding morning commuter trains in Chicago to teaching himself to drive a TD-9 tractor in our Napa Valley vineyard. He’d never grown grapes or made wine in his life. That spirit of risk-taking and adventure still guides Shafer today and inspired the creation of this new wine.

“This juicy red blend is loaded with vivid summer fruit – red plum, red cherry, black cherry, and strawberry-along with rhubarb, spice, and red licorice. All this tantalizing freshness comes with energy and ripe tannins for a long, luscious finish.” -Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez


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