2003 Shafer Firebreak

Sangiovese Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 53

  • Ilyabu Likes this wine: (89 points)

    December 19, 2015 - Likely waited too long to open this. Lots to like, but the aroma was a bit too strong and acidic, and while the body was still full and it had a long finish, the flavor was also a bit unbalanced on the acidic side.

  • wabi47 Likes this wine: (90 points)

    April 19, 2014 - nicely ripe red mixed wild berry with some spice and earth; great acidity keeps this lively. New world, but with some sangiovese typicity in there. Still tasting very well.

  • mzimberg Likes this wine: (90 points)

    September 24, 2013 - Pop and pour. Still a youthful ruby. A little tired at first, but quickly coming around. Robust, very ripe stewed fruit aromas. Big, beautiful, round and delicious flavors, filled with spice, plums, charcoal, and sunshine. The former chocolate flavor I found in '06 has been replaced by alcohol soaked stewed fruits. This doesn't have too much complexity but it sure is tasty and easy to like. Long, round finish. My last bottle of the last chance. I'd drink up, the alcohol is becoming more pronounced.

  • cooberp wrote: (89 points)

    July 21, 2013 - Sangiovese isn't supposed to grow in California. Shafer seems to know this, and made a wine so laden with vanilla oak that any conceivable vestige of varietal or terroir would inescapably be obscured beyone recognition. However, as spoofy, internationally styled, modern wines go, this ain't half bad. The barrels used were clearly high-quality, there's fairly generous blackberry fruit, and the wine shows very little extraction, making it light-bodied, easily gulpable, and food-friendly. There's a bit of perceptible alcohol, but it's not excessively hot. You can get back vintages of this for $35, which is a perfectly fair QPR.

  • sirswami wrote: (91 points)

    June 5, 2013 - A wonderful experiment for 13 years at Shafer! Given how well this was put together and how nicely it is still drinking, I'm disappointed that I only have one bottle remaining and even more so that this was the last batch created...

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Sangiovese Blend
  • Designation Firebreak
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • UPC Code 013528500020

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 11 (1%)
  • In Cellars 304 (36%)
  • Consumed 519 (62%)

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