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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
- Mrs Malooley
from Bobby Hillis for Jenny's 60th birthday from his private stock- would have to get at an auction?
- Fellow Drync'er
Wine.comPull 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.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 7 notes)
Wine AdvocateRating: (89-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 111 on Jun-97
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/99
Wine EnthusiastRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast