Shafer maintains two direct mail lists: one for Hillside Select and one called our “Napa Valley List,” which offers the other wines in our portfolio.
The “Napa Valley List,” which makes available Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon and Relentless, is currently open. The “Hillside Select List” is closed, however, you can sign up for the Waiting List to be added as spots become available. To sign up for one or both of these lists, please click here.
Yes, to those whose names are active on one or both of our mailing lists or who purchase wine at the winery and live in states to which such shipments are legal. That list currently includes: Alaska (wet counties only), California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The direct shipping issue continues to change as more and more states pass related legislation. Up-to-date information is available at www.freethegrapes.org.
Because of high temperatures, shipments of wine ordered during summer months may be delayed until fall. This is to protect your wine from heat damage, which can easily occur while sitting in a hot delivery truck.
In specific situations, however, we are able to ship via FedEx Cold Chain. This is a seasonal refrigerated transport solution that our fulfillment house has used with success. The wines are picked up at their facility in a temperature controlled truck, sorted, and consolidated at a temperature-controlled facility and then loaded onto temperature controlled line haul vehicles.
The truck, though, that delivers the wine from your local FedEx hub is not temperature controlled. Given that, we only ship via FedEx Cold Chain in areas where delivery is guaranteed by 10:30 AM (some areas cannot guarantee delivery until much later in the day).
For this method of delivery to be successful, there MUST be an adult available to receive and sign for the delivery on the specified day. Shipping to a business address is preferable.
Also note, using the Cold Chain system takes some time, in most cases at least 10 days from the time your order is placed. The order must be in our fulfillment company’s system by Friday before noon for pick up by FedEx the following Friday. Delivery is made on either Tuesday or Wednesday following the FedEx Friday pickup.
Approximate number of years from vintage date Shafer considers optimum:
Optimum drinking Length of Aging
Red Shoulder Ranch® Chardonnay Release - 5 years
Merlot Release - 8 years
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Release - 10 years
Relentless® Release - 15 years
Hillside Select® Cabernet Sauvignon Release - 20 years
Click here for the complete Hillside Select tasting notes.
Wines in larger format bottles age more slowly. Remember, all of Shafer's wines are made to be immediately drinkable upon release.