106 Ratings
Shafer Merlot Napa Valley

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Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) This Merlot comes with big scoops of red and black fruit aromas and flavors, fresh plums, sweet black cherries, currants, red licorice, a little pepper, and pleasing doses of fragrant earth, smoke, and minerality.

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    Tasted by EvanRose on 12/31/2011 & rated 93 points: Served this with some Italian meats,fresh mozzarella and ravioli from Arthur Avenue. It was spectacular and smooth as always. One of the best Merlots on the market The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Slow. It tastes like and Cherry. The body is Full. The wine is textured Smooth. The wine finishes Long. (654 views)

    over 2 years
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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