This is a relatively new project from two famous names in Napa Valley: Doug Shafer and his long-time assistant and winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Stags Leap, Elias Fernandez. The name comes from the fact that they’ve been working together since 1984. The two offerings I tasted include the 2012 Malbec which is soft, fruity, with black fruits, spice box, earth, medium body, soft tannin and a rather up-front, precocious appeal. It’s not terribly concentrated, or complex, but pleasant and straightforward. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
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