Shafer 2003 Last Chance Firebreak Red (Napa Valley)

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The name refers to Shafer discontinuing this wine, which is 92% Sangiovese, with the balance Cabernet. Sangiovese, it seems, doesn't sell. What a pity, because it's one of the best super Tuscan wines in California. The '03 is extraordinarily rich and complex, a fruit-forward wine but no bomb. It's controlled in every respect. Some of us will miss it.

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