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89 Ratings
Shafer Merlot Napa Valley
$57.99 USD
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Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

Wine Enthusiast "Shafers Cabernet is so dominant, its sometimes forgotten how good their Merlot can be. The wines are dependably dry, rich and balanced, as the excellent 05 demonstrates. Its soft and drinkable now, but rich and sweet in tannins that frame cherry, currant, cola, licorice and vanilla flavors. Will reward cellaring through 2011."

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    Winemaker’s Comments “The 2010 gives everything a Merlot should and more – lively, enticing red fruit with a core of deep, lush black fruit – red cherry and black cheery, red plum and black plum, spice and berry with hints of earth and smoke. This plush package is held together in a structure of fine, ripe tannins.” – Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez What Others are Saying “… possesses a darker flavor profile than the 2009, as well as more textural depth and sheer profile. Black cherries, menthol, licorice and spices are just some of the notes that take shape in the glass …” — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

    almost 2 years
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    RdudsuxSorry to hear about ygtOliver. How is Joann? Is there Anything we can do? Esgtvrcdc zuchÿhudgudyudyrdtyySorry to hear about Oliver. How is Joann? Is there Anything we can do? U

    about 2 years
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    from Bobby Hillis for Jenny's 60th birthday from his private stock- would have to get at an auction?

    almost 3 years
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    $35/glass 2011 Merlot no real desc on the bottle, just the story.

    about 1 year
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    Nyc empire steakhouse 6-15-14 on 54th. Very smooth

    about 1 year
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    No after bite merlot

    over 1 year
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    Peer Group - Frank

    about 1 year
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    Mild but solid.

    over 1 year
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    excellent

    almost 5 years
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    about 2 years
Expert Reviews
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  • 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