The winery's goal is to produce flavorful, supple wines with characteristic
style recognizable as Shafer's. The Shafer style starts with the finest
possible grapes from the estate vineyard. They are evaluated in the laboratory
from a sensory and technical perspective as the summer progresses and the grapes
reach maturity. Harvesting the fruit at optimum maturity with a harmonious
balance of flavor concentration, natural grape acidity and sweetness allows the
winemaker to produce exceptional wines.
Traditional Burgundian methods are used to guide the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay through the winemaking process. Slow aging in French oak barrels and gentle handling from vineyard to bottle help achieve delicacy and balance in the wines. The traditional methods are carried out in an efficiently designed cellar with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. Large variable capacity, temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks are used to ferment Riesling and Pinot Noir Blanc. These modern tanks allow the winemaker to capture and maintain subtle flavors typical of these varieties. This blend of tradition and technology is used to produce clean, natural wines which are attractive in their youth and continue to develop complexity with age.
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