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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 24 
ProducerShafer (web)
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)013528200029, 767191500077

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2019 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Merlot Napa Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 82 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Stevethebeav on 4/29/2015 & rated 92 points: this is a really good merlot. I was surprised and very pleased. Had with a Filet Mignon in Myrtle Beach, no decanting. color is dark plum. The nose is dark berry and earthy. dark cherry and berries are notable and the texture and feel in the mouth is very rich and thick. It is very well integrated and balanced, which is what I like most. it is a very 'front of the palate experience, but it lasts for a long time. I really enjoyed this.
92++ (731 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 1/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted for an hour or so. Deep, inky purple color with aromas of plum, blue fruit, chocolate and black raspberry. Full-bodied with fine, sweet tannins and flavors of cherry, chocolate, plums and black fruit. Vanilla and oak spice on the finish. The last few drops in the glass show a lovely perfume of violets and incense.

A much better showing than the last bottle, but still much too young and primary- though that is what Domino wanted to drink tonight, so it fit the bill perfectly. That said, I would hold this until 2020 before opening another. (1345 views)
 Tasted by jcasey555 on 1/22/2015 & rated 94 points: Terrific. Must've used some Hillside Estate grapes. (1175 views)
 Tasted by Hawkeyes99 on 1/2/2015 & rated 90 points: More fruit forward than other vintages I've had. Lush plum And black fruits. Good but a bit too much for my tastes. (1217 views)
 Tasted by George Lopez on 12/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Yep, it's really drinking well right now! (Note: see previous tasting note) (1493 views)
 Tasted by jda8600 on 11/27/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 1 hour which was a mistake as wine didn't start to perform for 24 hours. Strong plum and dark fruit on the nose with added notes of dark cherry on entry. Enjoyable as mid palate seemed to blossom in flavor (as a merlot should) and a finish which lasted 15-20 seconds.

Would recommed if exercising 4-5 years of storage as acidity and tannins are very strong and as mentioned above, took 24 hours to "start to mellow". You can find better merlots on the market for a fraction of the cost. (92) (1212 views)
 Tasted by blawrence on 11/14/2014 & rated 93 points: The 2010 Merlot needs another year or two for the tannins to further soften and develop onto a finally balanced gem... however, one will not be disappointed drinking now. Explosive, long, full, mouth watering finish. (1097 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 11/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Very drinkable, well structured and well balanced...but I should leave the rest for a while longer. (1060 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 10/12/2014 & rated 87 points: Second Sunday Group: 2010 California Merlot (Our house): Cherry, chocolate, plum and dark fruit notes. Medium tannins with dark fruit, spice and vanilla qualities. A bit more angular than the other wines.

My #8, Domino's #2
Group #4, 44 pts (1480 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 10/10/2014: Off the list at River Wildlife in Kohler. (1110 views)
 Tasted by awise45 on 10/7/2014: This is as sure a bet as I've found in merlot, and this year is no different. Wonderfully rich and full, with a smooth first sip and a long finish. Pop and pour, got better though after 30. (1110 views)
 Tasted by davezoller4 on 9/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Just what you're hoping for from a Shafer/Napa Merlot. Big ripe fruit that lingers. Love the mouth feel (992 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 9/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Rich and nice balance, mouth coating. (927 views)
 Tasted by fredfromny on 8/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Unctuous, with rich full fruit. (1247 views)
 Tasted by George Lopez on 8/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Bright and fruit forward, I think this baby is finally ready to drink...or at least it was last night. (1082 views)
 Tasted by bu11itt on 8/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Bold, robust merlot. Full mouthfeel with medium dryness and a long finish. (552 views)
 Tasted by carstenf on 4/23/2014 & rated 92 points: If you like big Merlot - it is your wine. And also mine , because it just has that dark plune and plum , chocolate and sweetness that is so nice and charming. We love it..... (1841 views)
 Tasted by LJD on 4/12/2014 & rated 94 points: I let this decant for 2-3 hours prior to taking it to the restaurant and it was beautiful. Smooth, lush, balanced fruit with acidity. Had with a filet and it was perfect. (801 views)
 Tasted by B Fisher on 3/30/2014: Deep, vibrant, dark cherry, fresh mint and ripe plums, and soft, velvety chocolate on the nose. The sweetness of the rich, dark fruits meld together with the soft ripe tannin to create a ripe and chewy-textured body and seamlessly well integrated alcohol to top it off. Long, lingering cassis note. This has a good, long life ahead of it. ****1/2 (1656 views)
 Tasted by PDD on 3/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Very good, but it was beat out by a Plumpjack merlot. (1702 views)
 Tasted by BBencz on 2/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Two hour decant. Deep purple color. Massive merlot with big bouquet of red fruit, garrigue and toasty oak. Balanced profile with tons of juicy fruit, chalky tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Finish goes on and on. Bummed I only have one of these. Top shelf Cali merlot. (1821 views)
 Tasted by jcasey555 on 1/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Lot's of fruit and velvet tannins (2040 views)
 Tasted by Dano13xx on 12/18/2013 & rated 90 points: Deep rich California new world goodness. Aggressive fruit and oak. Structure intact. Excellent for that $50 range in value. (1990 views)
 Tasted by ssspore on 12/14/2013 & rated 91 points: I love this merlot. Not too fruity. Balanced. Not much nose (1743 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 11/18/2013 & rated 90 points: So dense that the lack of legs is actually startling. The nose is cherry and plum. The oak is a tad strong now but will probably mellow. Love the blend with cab sauv n malbec. Great wine if u want to try shafer witbout taking out a second mortgage. If only shafer wasn't so fully priced... (2621 views)
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Producer website
John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon,
their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select,
is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.


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