Red

1997 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
Drink between 2003 - 2009
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Community Tasting Notes 18

  • dannyk8232 wrote: (90 points)

    April 26, 2011 - Drinking well (from Mag). Not a ton of oomph...but great.

  • Bender Bending Rodriguez wrote: (91 points)

    December 31, 2010 - Decided this would be a fun bottle to open for the small NY Eve party. Decanted for about 3 hrs before drinking. Definitely nearing the end of its life, but still a delicious treat. Lovely brick red, the fruit was very moderated -- definitely an earth-heavy wine at this point. I was sorry to see the bottle end.

  • rpenn77 wrote: (82 points)

    May 10, 2010 - This wine is over the hill. If you have any left I suggest you drink up. The earlier bottles I had weren't bad but I just think it is over the hill at this point.

  • psoals wrote: flawed

    December 20, 2009 - Medicinal bandaid on the nose and following through on the finish. Clearly a flawed bottle. Such a shame, the previous bottle we purchased at the winery was delicious.

  • Berno wrote: (92 points)

    July 5, 2009 - This isn't going to get any better in the bottle. Classic styled Merlot from a great year in Napa.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, Issue #90 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, Issue #84 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 81 (50%)
  • Consumed 82 (50%)

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