2016 William & Mary Proprietary Red Shifflett Ranch

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oak Knoll District

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  • ex-sommelier Likes this wine:

    July 22, 2020 - Finally got to open this with a friend. Nice comparison to the 17, and showed a consistent personality, though perhaps the personality of the varieties were a bit more intertwined in this vintage. Wild berry fruit, some soil tones, blood orange, iron, and chocolate were well knit together with a creamy mid weight texture. More time in the glass gave up spice plums, vanilla, violets, and more structure.

    Individual notes aside this felt very well composed, deceptively simple but asks you to lean in. I like that there was a lot going on but no one element clamoring for space.

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  • BRR commented:

    7/22/20, 8:55 AM - Nice TN. How did the '17 compare? One to hold versus one to drink now, etc? TIA

  • ex-sommelier commented:

    7/22/20, 10:13 PM - They both seemed equally open, even though I tried the 17 back in november. The 17 felt like it needed a touch more time to integrate some of the different elements (incl some oak spice), but I don't suspect either will shut down. I would wait till 2023 for both, but little harm in trying earlier.

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