Shafer Vineyards

Sunspot Vineyard
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 154
Vintage

2014

Shafer Vineyards

Sunspot Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Sourced from just one of our 14 hillside vineyard blocks, Sunspot
  • With its eastern and southeastern face, Sunspot resembles the Alta, Utah ski run for which it is named
  • A quintessential vineyard block with a dry, rugged face and soils only 18 to 24 inches in depth
  • Produces small clusters with grapes the size of blueberries, offering concentrated color and flavors

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. Your Premiere Napa Valley wine is sourced from just one of Shafer’s 14 hillside vineyard blocks, Sunspot. With its eastern and southeastern face, Sunspot resembles the Alta, Utah ski run for which it is named and where John Shafer taught his children to ski. A quintessential vineyard block with a dry, rugged face and soils only 18 to 24 inches in depth, it produces small clusters with grapes the size of blueberries, offering concentrated color and flavors. Sunspot forms the backbone of Shafer's Hillside Select, but in this wine it stars solo in a barrel lot from the 2014 vintage.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Elias Fernandez

Winemaker, Shafer Vineyards

Winemaker, Elias Fernandez

When I graduated from UC Davis, I knew I wanted to work for a smaller, family-owned winery because it would give me the chance to be a "hands-on" winemaker, getting involved in all aspects of running a cellar. I had a lot of excitement getting into this career and that excitement has stayed with me.

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. in Fermentation Science from U.C. Davis

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
"Winemaker of the Year" - Wine & Spirits magazine; inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Hispanic Hall of Fame at The White House

Winemaking Philosophy:
Coming into this more than 25 years ago, I thought that winemaking happened underneath the roof of the cellar. Today who I am as a winemaker has umbrellaed in a big way. Winemaking starts in January with pruning and continues throughout the year. I'm not just selecting the best fruit, I'm selecting the best corks, the right barrel staves, ensuring that the bottling line is working at top efficiency. What I've also learned is to let the land dictate the best grape variety and the style of the wine that ends up in the bottle.

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Mt. Brave 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 21
Alpha Omega 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Dr. To Kalon 20
Gandona Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 20
Matthiasson 2014 Red Wine Napa Valley Three Sisters 20
Shafer Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 20
Tierra Roja Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Collaboration 20
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Perfect Timing 20
Hess Collection Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 19
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Lost & Found 19
Bello Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 18
Shafer Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 18
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 18
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