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Shafer Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2001 Vintage) Pull the cork on a Shafer Merlot and you'll 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.

Expert Reviews
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  • 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
  • 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 Spectator
    (1983 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/16/86