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Shafer Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2010 Vintage) 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

    about 4 years
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    over 4 years
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    from Bobby Hillis for Jenny's 60th birthday from his private stock- would have to get at an auction?

    about 5 years
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    $35/glass 2011 Merlot no real desc on the bottle, just the story.

    over 3 years
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    Nyc empire steakhouse 6-15-14 on 54th. Very smooth

    over 3 years
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    No after bite merlot

    over 3 years
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    Peer Group - Frank

    over 3 years
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    Mild but solid.

    almost 4 years
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    excellent

    about 7 years
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    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • 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 Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: (86-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator