The 2017 Shafer TD-9 is the third release of this new offering that replaces their Merlot bottling and is named for the TD-9 tractor John Shafer learned to drive in the vineyards when he first began his illustrious winery. This juicy red blend is loaded with vivid summer fruit – red plum, red cherry, black cherry, and strawberry – along with rhubarb, spice, and red licorice. All this tantalizing freshness comes with energy and ripe tannins for a long, luscious finish.
Varietal Composition: 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec (per the winery, not Vinous)
Appellation: Napa Valley AVA
Aging: 20 months in French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais), 100% new
Vineyard Practices: Sustainable
Winemaker: Elias Fernandez
(90-93) Points - Vinous
"The 2017 TD-9 is juicy, expressive and pliant, with soft edges that seem to push the fruit forward. Succulent and racy in style, the 2017 should drink well right out of the gate. Stylistically, the 2017 is a bit more lush and overt than the 2016 tasted alongside it. The blend is 63% Merlot, 22% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon." -AG, Dec/2018