Red

2010 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 41

  • AllRed wrote: (91 points)

    January 28, 2015 - 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.

  • jcasey555 wrote: (94 points)

    January 22, 2015 - Terrific. Must've used some Hillside Estate grapes.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Hawkeyes99 wrote: (90 points)

    January 2, 2015 - More fruit forward than other vintages I've had. Lush plum And black fruits. Good but a bit too much for my tastes.

  • George Lopez Likes this wine: (92 points)

    December 5, 2014 - Yep, it's really drinking well right now! (Note: see previous tasting note)

  • jda8600 wrote: (92 points)

    November 27, 2014 - 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)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 013528200029, 767191500077

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1328 (73%)
  • Consumed 503 (27%)

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Who Likes This Wine

93% Like It  29 votes