Shafer Vineyards

Sunspot Vineyard
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 67
Vintage

2016

Shafer Vineyards

Sunspot Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Our 2016 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
  • Aged for 32 months in 100% new French oak in 60-gallon barrels (Allier and Tronçais)

Our 2016 Sunspot Vineyard 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.


Wine Facts

  • 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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San Antonio  TX  78204-1210


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