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Called “One of the world’s greatest wineries” by Robert M. Parker, Jr

Napa Valley, December 2005 – Shafer Vineyards is pleased to announce it is ending 2005 with its wines ranked among the best in the world.

“Everyone at Shafer is honored to see these wines go out into the world and create such a favorable impression,” says Doug Shafer, president, Shafer Vineyards. “It’s a real testament to our vineyard sites as well as the outstanding team of men and women who cultivate our vines, create miracles in our cellar and keep the administrative area running smoothly. The Shafer family is deeply grateful to the amazing group of 16 individuals who work with such skill and care to make this winery successful.”

Shafer wines are cited on top 2005 “best of” lists including:

Wine Spectator – Top 100 Wines 2005
  2002 Relentless
Wine Spectator – Great California Cabernets
  2002 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits – Best of 2005
  Wineries of the Year – Shafer Vineyards
Wine & Spirits – Cabernet Super List 2005
  2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Food & Wine magazine – 2005 American Wine Awards
  Best Merlot (over $20) – 2002 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
Best Cabernet Sauvignon (over $20) – 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine News – California’s Best Wines of 2005
  Cabernet of the Year – 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah of the Year – 2002 Relentless
Top 10 Merlots of the Year – 2003 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
Top 10 Chardonnays of the Year – 2003 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
Outstanding Cabernet – 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Quarterly Review of Wines – Best of Syrah 2005
  Co-Best of Show – 2002 Relentless
San Francisco Chronicle – Top 100 Wines of 2005
  Top 10 Favorite – 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wines – Year in Review 2005
  Winery of the Year – Shafer Vineyards
Best Wines of 2005, Stephen Elliot – 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Wines of 2005, Charles Olken – 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon; 2002 Relentless


In addition, Shafer Vineyards was featured in the following wine books:

The World’s Greatest Wine Estates, by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages, by Paul Lukacs
The Wines of the Napa Valley, by Larry Walker