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2003 Shafer Vineyards Firebreak

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March 10, 2024 - $41

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RATINGS

93Wine Enthusiast

The name refers to Shafer discontinuing... What a pity, because it’s one of the best super Tuscan wines in California. The ’03 is extraordinarily rich and complex, a fruit-forward wine but no bomb. It’s controlled in every respect.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...big, savory perfume of strawberries, cranberries, earth, spice, herbs, and tobacco. With medium body, soft tannins, juicy, vibrant acidity, and a tasty, medium-bodied palate, it should drink beautifully for 5-6 years.

90Stephen Tanzer

Enticing aromas of cherry, redcurrant, dried flowers, fresh tobacco, licorice, mint and loamy earth. Silky and supple in the mouth, with high-toned floral lift to the sweet flavors of plum, cherry, cranberry and cedary oak.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District AVA in southern Napa Valley has a storied history. It is home to Stag’s Leap Cellars, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Judgment of Paris blind tasting that included several of Bordeaux’s most exalted First Growths. Vineyards were started in area in the late 19th century, but the district’s rise in prestige started in the late 1960s when Nathan Fay planted Cabernet Sauvignon. Fay later sold his estate to Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Cellars. The district was given its own AVA designation in 1989, and today there are 1,400 vineyard acres. The AVA is especially notable because it was the first in the U.S. to be granted AVA status based on terroir. Its distinctive soils is a mix of volcanic soils, river sediment and loamy clay-like soil. Because the soils don’t retain water well, vineyards in Stag’s Leap tend to grow fruit with great intensity and flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 95% of the grapes planted in Stags Leap.