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 Vintage1996(NOTE: Label borrowed from 1992 vintage.)
TypeRed - Fortified
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationPort
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2022 (based on 1 user opinion)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Port on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 3 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by bambam on 7/29/2011 & rated 95 points: Fantastic, this is ageing very well. It is quite smooth and rounded at this point. Lovely sweet pure fruit with no heat. While this has many more years ahead of it I just can't see it getting much better than now. (1107 views)
 Tasted by millerfamily on 6/3/2006 & rated 96 points: Awesome. Just love it. Given how well this one aged, this is definitely a port I am going to continue to buy (1458 views)
 Tasted by keithgg on 2/19/2005 & rated 94 points: Boy- this is as good as a vintage port. Deep, sweet fruit and leather tones. Long, long finish No sign of this ageing. (1681 views)

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Shafer

Producer website
John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon,
their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select,
is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Wikipedia

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wineries and Wine (Napa Valley Vintners) | Article in CellarTracker

2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District

 
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