Red

2010 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • GoBlue2002 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    March 30, 2016 - PnP, sampled, decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking. Definitely improved with decant!
    Somewhat different from the 2009. This had more structure & malbec character. I preferred the 2009.
    Very aromatic -- draws you in (although the taste is a step down from this lure!)
    Luscious, full bodied merlot, juicy!, dried fruit, spice, tar, earth, bramble, with robust mouthfeel. Firm yet somewhat silky tannins.

    Drank for wife's birthday.
    Me - 91, Wife - 92/93

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Mtnmd1 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    February 18, 2016 - Started to open up more an hour after opening. Better than last bottle

  • camben Likes this wine:

    January 22, 2016 - Excellent, giving without sweetness

  • WinthropT96 wrote: (93 points)

    December 24, 2015 - Decanted 2+ hours and served with beef stew & polenta main dish. Drinking very well now. On the nose, powerful fruit (more dark than red, currants) with an earthy undertone. Similar on the palate, with a wow factor, with its structure and medium-full body. Good value for a higher-end merlot and even relative to what else $60 could get you in Ohio.

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  • jshufelt wrote: (91 points)

    December 24, 2015 - Decanted for three hours before service. In the glass, inky indigo. On the nose, forest, plums, and currants. On the palate, blue fruits, plums, and earthy notes in the background, with an assertive tannic finish. This clearly needs more time in the cellar, perhaps 3-5 years to begin to wake up.

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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, 3210000173476, 767191500077

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,297 (64%)
  • Consumed 716 (36%)

Food Pairing

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Who Likes This Wine

94% Like It  36 votes