This release is marked by its perfumy aromas of dark fruit that push out of the glass. The wine itself fills the mouth with opulent flavors of red and black berry fruit, licorice, spice, pepper, strawberry and plum. It's a wine that pairs so well with food.
"Easily Shafer's greatest Merlot ever. Certainly its richest, with fabulously concentrated blackberry, cherry, licorice, chocolate and cinnamon spice flavors. All this is wrapped into extraordinarily sweet, refined tannins. Addictively drinkable, but not a long ager. Best now and through 2012." 95 Points Wine Enthusiast
drank it 7.23.11. fine
Wine Spectator(From 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 Spectator(From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/16/86
Wine Advocate(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 107 on Oct-96
Wine Spectator(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/00
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: (86-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00