“The elegant 2017 offers a wealth of aromas and flavors – black plum, herbs, grilled game, vanilla, leather, herbs, river stone, and spice. The richness, balance, and vibrancy of the wine is mouth-filling and soul-satisfying on every level with ripe, silky tannins that offer the promise of greater pleasures with years of cellaring.” — Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez
Varietal Composition: 86% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah
Cooperage: 30 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier & Tronçais)
The 2017 Growing Season: A lengthy, warm summer allowed the fruit to hang in near ideal conditions for a long, long time producing clusters of fruit with vivid color, enticing flavors, and unrivaled aromas.
Vineyard Location: A small ridgetop site and a foothills site along the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District.