Shafer, TD-9 2019 Napa Valley

15

TD-9 is a proprietary blend that celebrates a bold move. In 1973, in the space of a few months, John Shafer went from riding morning commuter trains in Chicago to teaching himself to drive a TD-9 tractor in his Napa Valley vineyard. He’d never grown grapes or made wine in his life. TD-9 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec from a vineyard in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District. Aged for 20 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels (100% new).
Spicy, crunchy dark berry fruits with some bitter cherry on the finish. Ripe fruit, generous and full-bodied. Matches this with some powerful oak influence, yet not over the top. Will age well for several years. Tannins rather obvious at the moment. (AWH)

Producer
Shafer
Cuvée
TD-9
Appellation
Napa Valley
Region
Country
Colour
Red
Alcohol
15.3%
Score
15
When to drink
2023
2027
Published on
15 Apr 2022
Date tasted
Reviewer
Stockist
Imported into the UK by Thorman Hunt