Michael Shaps wines are produced in small lots from leased vineyards that are grown under the supervision of Michael Shaps and Philip Stafford. Michael has established a reputation for high quality that ranks on an international scale with some of the best wines in the world. For the past ten vintages Michael has created these wines with careful attention to the details of fine wine production. The wines are produced with a traditional old-world style. The whites focus on varietal intensity and the retention of natural acidity. The reds are highly extracted and crafted to be age worthy and require cellaring. Michael strongly believes in choosing grape varieties that represent the potential of Virginia viticulture. Michael’s wines prove that Virginia can produce wines that compete head to head with some of the finest wines from the best regions in the wine world. In addition to wining the prestigious Governor’s Cup wine competition, Michael Shaps wines have earned gold medals in several competitions and have been written up in publications such as Saveur, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Washingtonian, The Washington Post and many others. A list of retail stores can be found under the “locate” menu or you may have your retail store contact our distributor, Williams Corner Wine to place an order.
2009 MICHAEL SHAPS VIOGNIER – $28
The latest release is from the fantastic 2009 vintage. Harvested at 23 brix to retain brightness and balance, the wine was soaked overnight on the skins prior to pressing and fermentation. We believe in producing a Viognier that has aromatic intensity as well as texture and palate structure. As in previous vintages that have won national acclaim, this wine expresses classic peach, apricot, and floral notes. The mouthfeel is layered with citrus, anise and has great length. This is a dry Viognier with crisp flavors that pair with most shellfish and seafood.
2009 MICHAEL SHAPS CHARDONNAY – $24
This Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown at the Wild Meadow Vineyard in Hillsboro, Virginia using the Dijon clone #96 and fermented with a native yeast strain. This wine was made in 50% new oak with a native fermentation that lasted six weeks. The result is a Chardonnay with unique Burgundian character. The native yeast fermentation has produced a complexity of aromas that are held together with the richness of French oak. The “sur lies” aging gives the wine weight and complexity that integrates well with the acidity and fruit structure.
2009 MICHAEL SHAPS PETIT VERDOT – $28
Becoming one of Virginia’s rising stars, Petit Verdot is well suited for the Virginia climate and soil. A small lot production of a very dark aromatic red, this wine has wonderful spice and floral notes. The color is reflective of the concentration of flavors. Having been in French oak for eighteen months, the wine is rich, with bold tannins, a lot of structure and depth. This is a young wine that has great aging potential.
2008 MICHAEL SHAPS CABERNET FRANC – $28
Made in a traditional old world style, this is a heavily extracted wine designed to highlight the aging potential of Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested at ultimate maturity (25 brix) and the wine went through an extended maceration for six weeks. This Cabernet Franc has rich dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. The tannin extraction is evident, but does not overwhelm the wine. The concentration of fruit, balanced by oak provides for a lengthy finish. This wine will be evolving for the next ten years.
2008 MICHAEL SHAPS MERLOT – $28
Aged for 22 months in oak prior to bottling, this wine shows the true expression of what the Merlot grape can offer when produced in a more classic style. The extended maceration aided in integrating the tannins and through a careful selection of 50% new French oak, the wine has been aging gracefully in our cellars. The jammy flavors are complimented by the soft oak, and are wrapped tightly by the firm but mature tannins. Very similar stylistically to the 2002 vintage which received high accolades from British wine writer Tom Stephenson.
2007 MICHAEL SHAPS MERITAGE (50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot) – $50
The greatness of the 2007 vintage is highlighted by this proprietary blend of the best barrels in the cellar. Aged for two years in 50% new French oak, Michael feels that this is one of the best wines he has ever produced. The overall weight and complexity are balanced by the integration of the very concentrated fruit. Heavily extracted with bold tannins, this wine is crafted to replicate some of the classic blends from Bordeaux.
2008 MICHAEL SHAPS MERITAGE (44% Petit Verdot, 33% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc ) – $40
Aromas of dark cherry, integrated with hints of toast, tobacco and prune. An elegant style, but with plenty of structure to help it age, this Meritage has a rustic tannin profile that is backed by dark fruits including currants and cherry notes. A moderate touch of oak is balanced by the bright acidity, this wine finishes with a soft subtle touch. With two years in French oak and 50% of that new oak, this wine is approachable, but will develop over the next five to ten years.
2009 MICHAEL SHAPS RAISIN D’ETRE (
Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc) – $25
This is made by the “Ripasso” method of drying grapes prior to fermentation. We selected a mix of both Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc to air dry on racks for two months. The raisining effect increased the sugar content from 24 Brix up to 36 brix. The small yield allows us to make just one barrel of this wine. The result is a dessert style wine with about 14.5 % alcohol and about 4% residual sugar (375ml). The aromas are delightful notes of raisins and prunes. The flavors express warm spice box notes and rich raisins.