Original
110 Ratings
Shafer Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2000 Vintage) Pull the cork on any bottle of Shafer Merlot and you will find a forward, stylish Merlot that takes center stage with all its appealing varietal fruit, not a Merlot that plays understudy to a Cabernet Sauvignon. Only small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are blended in to complement, but not overshadow, the Merlot itself. Taking advantage of the site-specific nature of this varietal, Shafer's Merlot draws its grapes from selected vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, gaining complexity from the vineyard diversity. It is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

Expert Reviews
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  • Planet Grape
    (2013 Vintage) Rich, warm, round and inviting with notes of black cherry, cassis, vanilla bean, and mocha.
  • Planet Grape
    (2013 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Planet Grape
  • Wine Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: (86-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Wine Spectator
    (1983 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/16/86