Shafer Vineyards

New World, Old Wines

For the longest time, most serious wine drinkers adhered to the notion that California wines did not improve with age. These offerings were often exciting and much anticipated, but while everyone was tucking their first-growth Bordeaux into the farthest nooks of their cellars to peacefully wait out the decades, the best wines of California were […]

FrontRunners October 2014 LEISURE

Convivial Pursuit The art of winemaking is not unlike that of matchmaking: Success in either endeavor requires a keen understanding of relationships, as Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards, well knows. In 1984, after becoming the winemaker at his father’s estate in the Stags Leap District, Shafer made the propitious decision to hire Elias Fernandez […]

Shafter 2004 Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

Tasting notes: Creamy pear melds with lemon and peach, while crisp acid gracefully balances the wine’s rich sweetness. Worth knowing: Named Red Shoulder Ranch after the species of hawk that hunts in its rows, the Shafers’ vineyard produces such dense fruit that the wines require nearly twice the typical number of months in barrels. Originally […]