Shafer Vineyards

John's Upper 7
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 78
Vintage

2018

Shafer Vineyards

John's Upper 7

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • John’s Upper 7 was the first hillside vineyard block planted by John Shafer in the mid-1970s
  • This 2018 John’s Upper 7 Cabernet Sauvignon is the 40th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillsides he planted
  • This one-time bottling for Premiere Napa Valley is a tribute to John Shafer’s legacy
  • It is 100% Cabernet from an historic Stags Leap District vineyard block beloved by the Shafer family

John's Upper 7 was the first hillside vineyard block planted by John Shafer in the mid-1970s to Cabernet Sauvignon. Back then this was a risk. Conventional wisdom at the time said that Stags Leap District was too cold to produce quality Cabernet Sauvignon, but John had tasted the homemade 1968 Cabernet made by his neighbor, Nathan Fay. John sensed that this shoulder on his hillside property was meant for Cabernet. And he was right. This one-time bottling of 2018 John's Upper 7 Cabernet Sauvignon is the 40th vintage from the hillsides John Shafer planted and is a tribute to his legacy.


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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