(From 2010 Vintage) Wine Enthusiast "Shafers Cabernet is so dominant, its sometimes forgotten how good their Merlot can be. The wines are dependably dry, rich and balanced, as the excellent 05 demonstrates. Its soft and drinkable now, but rich and sweet in tannins that frame cherry, currant, cola, licorice and vanilla flavors. Will reward cellaring through 2011."
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Wine Spectator(From 2000 Vintage) #36 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2002."Smooth-textured, with polished currant, mocha, cranberry and cherry, plus touches of tobacco, coffee and spice. A bit tough-edged with tannin, but certainly not out of line for a young wine. Best from 2003 through 2009. 10,000 cases made. (JL)"
Wine Spectator(From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/16/86
Wine Advocate(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 107 on Oct-96
Wine Spectator(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/00
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: (86-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00