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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 24 
ProducerShafer (web)
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)013528200029

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2009 (based on 17 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 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 39 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rhanke on 9/15/2013: one of the best in a 2000 Merlot blind tasting out of 7. (1887 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 9/15/2013 & rated 88 points: red, orange in color. sweet fruit, earth, oak, on the nose. cherry, blackberry, tobacco, cedar, tar, bitter cocoa, green pepper, on the palate. huge acid, medium tannins, on the finish. (1841 views)
 Tasted by Apschaefer@verizon.net on 12/31/2012 & rated 90 points: This wine is wonderful rounded with great flavors. After being stored in perfect cellar conditions since its release, the wine has aged perfectly.
Easy to drink. (2643 views)
 Tasted by Rudolf on 11/1/2012 & rated 87 points: At the end that is what ls at stake. Still now a beautiful taste, smooth and round. Ruby taste elegant and low at accidity. Drink now. (2815 views)
 Tasted by AlexHop on 4/3/2012 & rated 90 points: Really nice. Very balanced. I'm also tempted to say easy to drink but that might get interpreted the wrong way- it has some nice solid body, but its age is just about perfect. Some vegitable flavors, some leather, but not too much. (3446 views)
 Tasted by AlexHop on 2/20/2012 & rated 89 points: Fairly simple but with some nice dark fruit flavors. (1965 views)
 Tasted by uncle al on 11/21/2011 & rated 89 points: A very smooth and well balanced merlot. Not really passed its prime. I thought it was sort of fruit and complimented my filet very well (2190 views)
 Tasted by iamandyc on 8/28/2011 & rated 88 points: I think it is past its prime as the fruit is not able to balance out the structure and oak. Still very good with food but not a wow wine any more. Needed three plus hours to achieve this rating. (1716 views)
 Tasted by MAntonovich on 6/25/2011 & rated 87 points: Sadly, I've kept this one too long. Nice structure, supple tannins, but cloudy and murky. (1797 views)
 Tasted by mmontejano on 12/14/2010 & rated 92 points: Wow. Great. (2092 views)
 Tasted by slapsht007 on 12/12/2010 & rated 89 points: The cork broke as I removed it which caused me pause, but careful pouring into out of the decanter saved the day. Very well integrated wine, very rich and full. Nice dark berries present with subtle but balanced acidity. I was worried it was past its time, but no. Went real well with the beef tenderloin I pepared for dinner. (2145 views)
 Tasted by Yamadori on 5/2/2010 & rated 88 points: Consistent with previous TN. Gave this a short decant but it continued to improve over the next couple of hours. Smooth and refined with nice acidity and a medium body. Nice dark fruit with notes of chocolate and cedar. Medium length finish. Should last a while longer but probably best to drink these over the shorter term. (2560 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/26/2010 & rated 88 points: Cherry, blackberry and very smooth. A bit high toned, medium bodied and straightforward but still a nice drink. I'd drink them now. (2641 views)
 Tasted by Yamadori on 3/12/2010 & rated 88 points: Dark purple color with dark cherries, plum & a little oak on the nose. A little thin intially but over several hours this developed a rich, silky mouthfeel with dark fruit flavors and a little chocolate and cedar. Moderate finish. Very good and has a few years ahead of it still. (2645 views)
 Tasted by TannicBeast on 5/22/2009 & rated 91 points: Nice ruby color; alcohol, a little earthy, oaky, with good black fruit. Full- bodied but in a lighter style; tied for second at a blind tasting at yapa as a cab. (3111 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 11/7/2008 & rated 92 points: Binny's California Night (Binny's, Highland Park IL): nose: very evolved and well balanced nose. More st emilion in style, but still retains some of its california roots with red cherries, roasted herbs, blueberries, and bits of cedar planks. Very good depth also

taste: Beautiful and well layered. Very smooth texture on the palate showing off how elegant merlot can be with Red cherries, BLueberries, Cedar, cassis, and some roasted herbs

overall: A very pretty merlot that has fully evolved. Velvety and elegant with a smooth red cherry attack and roasted herb finish. A really interesting wine to see how a good california merlot can evolve (3659 views)
 Tasted by iamandyc on 8/3/2008 & rated 90 points: Unfortunately was the third bottle of the night and popped and poured -- it needed time to round into shape as by the last sips, the structure softened and oak integrated to make it velvety. Early on, the fruit and the tannins collided. Deep black fruit on palate and nose. (3478 views)
 Tasted by rdorman on 11/10/2007: Very big for California Merlot. Shafer really does Merlot right. (3866 views)
 Tasted by Bunski on 10/10/2006 & rated 90 points: Nice aromas, consistent fruit and still some tannins left. (4345 views)
 Tasted by Mark on 6/17/2006: No tasting note. The bottle did not seem terribly interesting nor balanced, but I strpmg;u suspect my taste was impaired due to a migraine. (4599 views)
 Tasted by tomlbs on 3/6/2006 & rated 93 points: If this was a typical merlot, the movie Sideways would have had to have had a different script. This is a big brute of dark brambley fruit, spices, and mocha on the nose and ripe plums, cherries, cassis, and espresso in the mouth with a long long finish. At first, we noticed the dusty tannins but this wine continued to evolve for hours after opening , becoming more elegant and seductive as it sat. It is one of the best merlots that I have tasted and I am convinced that it will continue to improve if cellared properly over the next five to seven years. (4838 views)
 Tasted by ken-yyz on 11/29/2005 & rated 89 points: Decanted for two hours and consumed over another two hours. Deep, dark brooding colour. The nose has a nice mix of dark strawberry, cassis and leather. More than medium bodied the palate is silky smooth and the tannins are fully resolved.

I sipped a small glass before decanting and there was the tell tale 2000 green streak, but happily, it dissapeared in the decanter. What was left was a wonderful new world Merlot, just short of being exceptional. (4899 views)
 Tasted by zinslurpie on 10/16/2005 & rated 90 points: Decanted for an hour. Can see why decanting for 2 hours would be better. Quite nice. Tannins well integrated, medium bodied and nice balance of mocha and black cherry flavors. Look forward to having my last bottle in a year or so. Wow, year 2000! (5008 views)
 Tasted by Fookonson65 on 8/24/2005: Excellent, as always. Nicely integrated this time... nose was full right out of the bottle with cola, plum, mocha and spice. Drinks like a cab... med/full bodied, with cassis, espresso and slight earth, all nicely wound together. I would not hesisitate to pop this now. Missed out on the '02, but saw the '03 in stores recently. (5108 views)
 Tasted by festiva on 3/19/2005 & rated 92 points: I keep coming back to this wine as one of my favorite Merlots. Decanted 2 hours before drinking. Even though 2000 was a mediocre year for many Napa producers, Shafer got their Merlot right. Beautiful deep reddish black color, with very nice perfumed nose. No heat to speak of. Tannins really meshed well with the layers of dark fruit, tobacco and spice. Big, silky wine. Much better than the last time I tried it. 92 pts. (5362 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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Vinous, November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105
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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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