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Shafer Merlot Napa Valley
$53.99 USD
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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) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Planet Grape
  • Wine Spectator
    (1983 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/16/86
  • Wine Spectator
    (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 Advocate
    (1994 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 107 on Oct-96
  • Wine Spectator
    (1994 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/00