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Shafer Vineyards was created in 1972 when John Shafer left his career in the publishing industry and moved to the Napa Valley to work in the wine business. He purchased 210 acre estate in the Stags Leap District. Their vineyard acreage is currently 50 acres, with parcels in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap, and Carneros districts. Winemaker Elias Fernandez crafts wines that are rich and full. We recently tasted the range of their wines and were impressed by their elegance.
2012 Shafer Chardonnay ‘Red Shoulder Ranch’ Napa Valley Carneros 52.00 43.16VS
2011 Shafer Merlot Napa Valley 56.00 46.48VS
2011 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon ‘One Point Five’ Stags Leap District 81.00 67.23VS
With so much great wine available it is difficult to envision a time when items will be scarce. But the supply of Pinot Noir has taken hits in Oregon, California, and Burgundy over the last few vintages. This occurs just as demand for Pinot Noir is soaring. We strongly suggest that you buffer the cellar with a supply of 2012 Pinot Noirs for future holidays.
2012 A to Z Pinot Noir Oregon 20.00 16.60VS
2012 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir Oregon 20.00 16.60VS
2012 Savage Grace Pinot Noir ‘Underwood Mountain’ Columbia Gorge 25.00 20.75VS
2012 Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 27.00 22.41VS
2012 St. Innocent Pinot Noir ‘Villages Cuvée’ Willamette Valley 27.00 22.41VS
2012 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 30.00 24.90VS
Laurence and Paul Féraud of Domaine Pégau purchased a 100 acre estate located in Sorgues which they now call Château Pegau. Less than four miles from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the vineyard is planted in deep, clay soils covered with the famous round galet stones of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. The 2012 Château Pegau Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is a crisp and spicy blend of 40% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache, and 10% Ugni Blanc. It has an appealing aroma of honeysuckle and acacia flower with a zesty stone fruit flavor. The 2012 Château Pégau Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages is a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Cinsault that shows a white pepper and raspberry aroma, with good body and weight on the palate. It is a classic for leg of lamb with couscous.
2012 Château Pégau Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc ‘Cuvée Lône’ 20.00 16.60VS
2012 Château Pégau Côtes-du-Rhône ‘Cuvée Maclaura’ 20.00 16.60VS
There is a buzz in the industry about 2013 dry rosés, with early tastings showing great quality. A few trusted importer representatives have said that it is one of these best vintages for rosé wines in recent memory. We will try to bring in as much as possible, but we expect these wines to disappear quickly. It may seem early to be purchasing rosé wines, but this is a year to stash a supply.
2013 Hogwash Rosé California 13.00 10.79VS
2013 Domaine Sorin Rosé ‘Terra Amata’ Côtes de Provence 12.00 9.96VS
2013 Saint-Roch Les Vignes Rosé Côtes de Provence 15.00 12.45VS
2013 Domaine de la Fouquette ‘Cuvée Rosée d’Aurore’ Côtes de Provence 18.00 14.94VS