The Hedonistic Taster | № 1| Shafer Vineyards

The Hedonistic Taster | № 1| Shafer Vineyards

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 1

Shafer Vineyards

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML


“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ review of artisan wines.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

The Hedonistic Taster allows me the opportunity to introduce you to some gorgeous pours through this intimate tasting format.


Today’s Tasting:

Shafer Vineyards | Napa, CA.

Wine: 2011 Hillside Select® Napa Valley | Stags Leap District

Varietal(s):  100 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol:  15.5 %  

Suggested Retail: $225



Robe:  Inky, darkness-before the dawn-like purple.

Nose: Exotic hints of cedar box, capsicum, white pepper.

Palate: Millefeuille layers of raspberry, black truffle, spice; languorous tannins, generous finish.

Suggested Pairings: Grilled or roast viands like lamb, duck, beef and game; aged, full flavored cheeses.

Wine: 2013 Merlot | Napa Valley

Varietal(s): 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec

Alcohol:  15.3%  

Suggested Retail: $55



Robe: Opaque garnet.

Nose: Dried violet, hawthorne, dark red fruits.

Palate:  Modelo cherry, red currant, dark chocolate, velvet study in equipoise, lingering finish.

Suggested Pairings: Poultry and meat dishes with fruit accents suck as cherry-merlot sauce or savories like roasted garlic or mushrooms.

Wine: 2012 Relentless® Napa Valley

Varietal(s):  89% Syrah, 11% Petite Sirah

Alcohol:  15.8%  

Suggested Retail: $85



Robe: Impregnable porphyry.

Nose: Sumptuous cassis, eucalyptus, black fruit.

Palate:  Plush blackberry, plum, white pepper: luxurious tannins, relentless finish, just like its namesake, winemaker Elias Fernandez.

Suggested Pairings: Roast duck or game, aged sheep cheese like manchego or Abbaye de Belloc.


 Want to learn more about Shafer Vineyards? Link to Red Thread™’s exclusive interview with Doug Shafer here.


All wines reviewed here are trade samples provided by wineries.

Winemakers, media and PR:

Please contact for samples shipping details.


Copyrighted 2016 by binNotes | redThread™.  All Rights Reserved.



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