Shafer Vineyards

TD-9 Napa Valley Red Blend

9.270 ratings
9.110 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
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Sipping Fine Wine

Had this 1year ago. Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 56%Merlot, 28%Cab Sauv & 16%Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Wonderful berry fruit aromas, flavors of cherry, jammy blackberry and rasp with notes of cacao and sweet herbs. Lingering finish ending with earthy mineral. Had this with a USDA prime Fillet. Drink now & over next few years, any longer the wine will lose vibrant quality. Nice!

Had this 1year ago. Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 56%Merlot, 28%Cab Sauv & 16%Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Wonderful berry fruit aromas, flavors of cherry, jammy blackberry and rasp with notes of cacao and sweet herbs. Lingering finish ending with earthy mineral. Had this with a USDA prime Fillet. Drink now & over next few years, any longer the wine will lose vibrant quality. Nice!

Feb 24th, 2019
Aaron Means

It's okay. One point five is better, so I don't know why they decided to make this wine. Different strokes,....

It's okay. One point five is better, so I don't know why they decided to make this wine. Different strokes,....

Nov 5th, 2017
Ellen Clifford

Got this wine decanted into my oh so fancy "decanter" and will check back with it in another hour but in the meantime thank you @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher for helping me get cabby, cab it up and cab away. This is opening up by the minute. This blend is actually more Merlot (56%) than Cabernet Sauvignon (28%) and the rest is Malbec. I'm digging it. So far it is a feast of plums. Red plums, black plums...every plum but a dried plum. The oak is there in the background, charmingly so. The fruit is ripe, the acid, alcohol and tannins are rather elevated. I think it'll age well. Okay, will add details as it decants...okay update: the wine is getting a delicious cocoa to its finish. And there is a wee bit of a cooked blueberry thing hiding in the background. I think this will show well for a good long while. It's got good bones.

Got this wine decanted into my oh so fancy "decanter" and will check back with it in another hour but in the meantime thank you @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher for helping me get cabby, cab it up and cab away. This is opening up by the minute. This blend is actually more Merlot (56%) than Cabernet Sauvignon (28%) and the rest is Malbec. I'm digging it. So far it is a feast of plums. Red plums, black plums...every plum but a dried plum. The oak is there in the background, charmingly so. The fruit is ripe, the acid, alcohol and tannins are rather elevated. I think it'll age well. Okay, will add details as it decants...okay update: the wine is getting a delicious cocoa to its finish. And there is a wee bit of a cooked blueberry thing hiding in the background. I think this will show well for a good long while. It's got good bones.

Oct 16th, 2017
Marshall Todd Herron DPM

Shafer TD-9 2015. This is a blend of merlot, cabernet, and malbec (56/28/16) and I love it! This is big and jammy like a good merlot should be. The color is moderately dark. The bouquet is blueberry preserves. The initial palate is black currant and blackberries ripe off the vine. The mid palate is oaky slowly opening into a vanilla and buttery dry finish. Just delicious!!!! A bit pricy at 65 dollars a bottle, but Ill buy it again hands down. This is a fantastic bottle of wine. If I could afford it Id buy a case.

Shafer TD-9 2015. This is a blend of merlot, cabernet, and malbec (56/28/16) and I love it! This is big and jammy like a good merlot should be. The color is moderately dark. The bouquet is blueberry preserves. The initial palate is black currant and blackberries ripe off the vine. The mid palate is oaky slowly opening into a vanilla and buttery dry finish. Just delicious!!!! A bit pricy at 65 dollars a bottle, but Ill buy it again hands down. This is a fantastic bottle of wine. If I could afford it Id buy a case.

1 person found it helpfulSep 20th, 2017
Marybeth Cashman

Beautifully big and jammy, smooth and well-blended.

Beautifully big and jammy, smooth and well-blended.

Jul 9th, 2019
이정권

Nice blending.

Nice blending.

Mar 17th, 2019
Heather Robinson

Wonderful smooth flavor, very nicely paired with a garlic/ginger beef dish. Home wine tasting. Came in a special box with an opener.

Wonderful smooth flavor, very nicely paired with a garlic/ginger beef dish. Home wine tasting. Came in a special box with an opener.

Feb 11th, 2019
Chris England

I’m a huge Shafer fan so was keen to try the newly rebranded TD-9 🚜 & it’s as good as it ever was 😍 Did you know TD-9 is a tractor 😁 & now Shafer Merlot has a proper name 👏 I think 🤔 Gone from £40 to £60 theses days but still a good reliable drop especially with red meats 😉

📍 Shafer TD-9 2015 🇺🇸

🏵 93 points w/ a touch more potential

🍇 56% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec

🍷 Deep opaque ruby w/ a purple hue

👃 Blackcurrant, sweet blueberry & dark plum bathed in cocoa w/ herbs, spice, soggy earth & liquorice tones

👄 Med+ body of rich warming punchy big blackcurrant, blackberry & blueberry w/ a red liquorice & cocoa backbone

🎯 Med touch sweet smooth creamy dark fruit annihilation w/ a raspberry liquorice mocha slapping

I’m a huge Shafer fan so was keen to try the newly rebranded TD-9 🚜 & it’s as good as it ever was 😍 Did you know TD-9 is a tractor 😁 & now Shafer Merlot has a proper name 👏 I think 🤔 Gone from £40 to £60 theses days but still a good reliable drop especially with red meats 😉

📍 Shafer TD-9 2015 🇺🇸

🏵 93 points w/ a touch more potential

🍇 56% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec

🍷 Deep opaque ruby w/ a purple hue

👃 Blackcurrant, sweet blueberry & dark plum bathed in cocoa w/ herbs, spice, soggy earth & liquorice tones

👄 Med+ body of rich warming punchy big blackcurrant, blackberry & blueberry w/ a red liquorice & cocoa backbone

🎯 Med touch sweet smooth creamy dark fruit annihilation w/ a raspberry liquorice mocha slapping

Jan 30th, 2019
Julia Indik

Blackberries, dark cherries, blended with chocolate, espresso, licorice, cinnamon and touch of earth with a long elegant finish.

Blackberries, dark cherries, blended with chocolate, espresso, licorice, cinnamon and touch of earth with a long elegant finish.

Oct 6th, 2018
Steve Parker

Special night and special wine. Love Shafer!

Special night and special wine. Love Shafer!

Oct 2nd, 2018