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Vinous Score: 90-92
Jeb Dunnuck Score: 93
This is the latest release for an exciting Bordeaux-style blend from Shafer Vineyards; one of the most prized wineries in all of the Napa Valley! TD-9 is a proprietary blend that celebrates a bold move. In 1973, in the space of a few months, John Shafer went from riding morning commuter trains in Chicago to teaching himself to drive a TD-9 tractor in his Napa Valley vineyard. He'd never grown grapes or made wine in his life. That spirit of risk-taking and adventure still guides Shafer today and inspired the creation of this new wine.

JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS - "The 2018 TD-9 Proprietary Red Blend is based on 56% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Malbec. It's another balanced, charming, and impeccably made wine from this estate that has lively red and blue fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and licorice aromas and flavors as well as a medium to full-bodied, elegant style on the palate. It shows the more streamlined, focused style of the 2018 vintage and is going to evolve for 10-12 years."

ANTONIO GALLONI 90-92 POINTS - "Tasted from barrel, 2018 TD-9 is a pliant, creamy and beautifully textured wine done in the classic Shafer style. Sweet red cherry, red plum, cedar and sweet spice all meld together in this super-expressive, radiant wine. In 2018, the blend is 58% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec."
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