With deep roots in Napa Valley, our family has tended the vines for over 50 years, and my Father-In-Law simply refuses to retire. He’s back in Napa right now working on a Vineyard (72-years-young)… and he still scares the shit out of me!

With our Wine Country Connections, we meet our fair share of farmers that produce a small amount of their own wine… so, when Jeffrey Shifflett, Jr. pulled up to our weekly tasting in his farm truck, we were looking forward to trying the wines. When he placed them on the table, the sleek packaging was a bit of a surprise, but when the wines hit the glass, we realized that he wasn’t just a farmer, but an incredibly gifted winemaker.

From Farmer to Bottle, New Release… Stunning Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend… 

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The Shifflett family’s ranch neighbors icons Dominus and Trethefen, and the vines lie in the shadow the Mayacamas Mountain range, in an area that has a micro-climate that’s cooler than further up Valley. The 2017 proprietary red was built around a core of Cabernet Sauvignon that’s enhanced with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Based on the sheer quality of the wine, we knew Jeff must have mentored under some outstanding winemakers. As it turns out, Jeff worked harvest in Australia before spending time at both Cakebread and Elyse wineries.

Winery Tasting Notes, “In the glass the wine showcases our signature color, dark ruby, like polished Garnet. Aromas of cedar, baking spices and vanilla hint at the restrained use of oak, followed by cherries and sarsaparilla. The first sip bursts with red fruit, cherry cola, and hints of violet. Subtle tannins integrate with fruit on the palate, leading to a long and pleasing finish.” 90 Cases Produced

We recently featured HG 2016, and it sold-out in a flash, so don’t miss this New HG 2017 Release… with only 90 cases made, it won’t last very long.

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