Those of you who enjoyed the Shelter “Butcher” 2006 when we sold out of it last fall knew what a special wine that was.
Sometimes we get lucky and indeed this is one of those times! Fortunately luck for us translates into good fortune for you as well.
Well given our drive to find out more about the wines we offer, we did some detective work and found out that Robert Foley the acclaimed winemaker makes most of the Shelter wines… well at least seven of them. Who knew!!
Come to find out he makes them alongside his own wines using the same processes and the only thing different comes along at the bottling line. Shelter wines use a different bottle, label, and closure system, but other than that no difference. Well we quickly found out how to get our hands on some of what he makes for this special program and viola, we can now offer it to you!
On to the wine, first it is labeled as 27-29 because the fruit comes from two vineyards form the esteemed Howell Mountain sub-appellation. This 100% Cabernet and what makes it both interesting and expansive is the juxtaposition of mountain gown fruit co-fermented with warmer climate valley floor fruit. The nose is quite expressive with dark red berry fruit a bit of vanilla intermixed with cassis. The color is an opaque inky purple with an almost electric hue to it. The taste of this wine is very sophisticated as it mirrors the nose leading with deep red fruits on the front palate leading to a structured mid showcasing the cedar and spice box along with the integrated tannins… finishing juicy and long albeit graceful. Get this gem while you can and we would suggest getting six and drinking them through the upcoming holiday season!
"Shelter Wine Company is the brainchild of David Stevens and a New York City wine broker. David also owns 750 Wines in Napa with his wife Monica (specializing in high end, limited production boutique wineries) located in St. Helena. David was born in North Dakota and became tired of the long dark cold winters in this state and ended up in sunny St. Helena working at one of St. Helena’s most esteemed restaurants, Tra Vigne. He worked the bar in this restaurant exposing his palate to some of the best wines coming out of Napa Valley and beyond.
The next logical step for the restaurant was to put him to work tracking down and securing these wines. For 6 years David enjoyed tasting, buying, recommending and then selling his personal favorites. During the course of this, he also established many strong relationships with area vintners. He has taken a number of Independent wine courses and programs, and continues to further his palate with International wine exposure. As we have seen time and time again, regardless of your background, when the wine industry gets in your blood it becomes a lifelong passion. David ran one of the finer wine shops in the valley for a number of years and it’s almost a logical progression that he also became a vintner. A 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was their first commercial vintage. Today all of Shelter’s wines are sourced from high-end Napa area vineyards. David has many contacts within the area wine industry and is sometimes approached by vintner’s who want to sell their “juice”. As a result, the wine has already been hand crafted by area vintners by the time Shelter does their final blending – the locations and vineyards are secret which helps add to the mystique of their wines!
This “juice” is not just second label stuff – several wineries have very strict protocols about how much wine they produce, or find themselves not wanting to take on the additional workload that extra production brings, and this is where Shelter comes in. Let their wine speak for itself, Shelter will not bottle anything that they feel is not up to their exacting standards. SPECIFICATIONS: Wine: 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Howell Mountain Vineyard: 27 & 29 Howell Mountain Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest: Hand-picked October 2010 Vinification: Ten-day fermentation, French Oak barrels Alcohol: 15.3% Bottled: May 2012 Winemaker: Bob Foley "
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