Pull the cork on a Shafer Merlot and youll find a sleek, stylish wine that takes center stage with all its appealing varietal fruit, not a Merlot that plays understudy to a Cabernet Sauvignon. Gaining complexity from its diverse vineyard sources, this Merlot draws its grapes from selected vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. Blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, it serves up forward plum and black cherry fruit flavors and a supple texture.
Wine AdvocateRating: (86-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
International Wine CellarRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator