1997 Shafer Firebreak

Sangiovese Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • steinbrl12 Likes this wine: (90 points)

    December 7, 2014 - Well integrated medium body (some tea) fruit with a good finish that has held up well. Good sipping or with beef.

  • Senso-beak wrote: (86 points)

    December 30, 2009 - Pasta dinner. Dark red and leggy to the rim. On the open a pungent sangio aroma takes center stage, with dusty cranberry and tangy candied strawberry and cherry notes with a musk. Round and a bit thin in the mouth, there's a flinty acidic note that detracts from the attack. The fruit takes on a tart profile, harboring sour cherry, citric pith, grapefruit, some rhubarb as well. Little tannins to speak of, so the finish is smooth and silky. The 14.8% heat creeps into the game late. Better day two +, the ascorbidity toned down and the wine picked up body and heaviness more in tune with the structure needed. More dark fruits have come out to play. Final analysis - best on day 4+, where it drank like a wine 4-5 points higher.

  • Giggs wrote: (86 points)

    September 1, 2009 - Earth, cherry, and red fruit. Good mouthfeel for an otherwise one-dimensional wine.

  • AlexHop wrote: (90 points)

    February 3, 2005 - Nice, mature, warm, with a fairly long finish for what it is.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Firebreak Sangiovese Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Sangiovese Blend
  • Designation Firebreak
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 84 (71%)
  • Consumed 34 (29%)

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