Sunspot is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from a single vineyard block
Year after year, the Sunspot block is the heart of Hillside Select
Our rugged, arid hillside estate vineyards produce small clusters of dark, richly flavored fruit
This wine is aged for 32 months in 100% new French oak in 60-gallon barrels (Allier and Tronçais)
The 2015 Sunspot Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a single vineyard block that, year after year, is the "heart" of Shafer's Hillside Select. The vines on this dry, rugged hillside produce small grapes, typically about the size of blueberries. In the drought year of 2015 we got even less fruit than usual, but what Mother Nature didn't give in tonnage, she more than made up for in richness, purity and beauty.
Single vineyard wine
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Shafer Vineyards
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
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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