2001 Shafer Merlot


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • MoreWinePlease wrote: (92 points)

    November 5, 2012 - Part of a 3-way, including a 2001 Shafer Merlot(92pts), 2002 Zerba Cellars Columbia Valley Merlot (91pts). and a 2001 Etude Merlot(90pts). Initially the Etude and Shafer took front stage with their rich dark fruit/tannin profiles that overshadowed the Zerba and its zestier acid balance, more in the red fruit/red plum direction. After 90 minutes the Etude put on a lot of weight and got richer, albeit heavier as well, whereas the Shafer continued with its bright berried fruit profile to the end. The Zerba turned out more food friendly (paired w/beautifully broiled NY cut steak and fabulous salad of baby greens, goat cheese, red bells and fresh herbs) and balanced too. My favorite was the Shafer, which I gave 92pts. As much as I love great Pinot Noir, especially the best from Oregon and California, I'm reminded how good a fine, well structured Merlot can taste.

  • AlexHop wrote: (91 points)

    March 10, 2011 - Really great Shafer Merlot. Still loads of fruit, cherry, a touch of lead. Medium bodied with supple tannins but a long finish.

  • Stirling wrote: (92 points)

    March 7, 2011 - Dark red, little fade at the rim. Wonderful bouquet of red fruits, chaerries and plums. The nose literally leaps from the glass and greets you with its blast of ripe fruit flavours. Medium body, smooth, thick, plush mouthfeel. Flavours of plum with hints of vanilla and mocha. I often find Merlot can have subtle hints of spice cake or baking spices. I did not detect any in this wine and my score would have been a point or two higher had I picked up some more nuances or complexity. Overall a delicious and hedonistic wine. At peak now and should be able to hold there for at least another five years.

  • cdf wrote: (92 points)

    March 5, 2011 - very nice berry, tempered by cab and cab franc blend. Wish I had more.

  • xtenson wrote: (90 points)

    January 29, 2011 - A very nice merlot...some hints of chocolate and cola on the nose. Rich mouthfeel, just slightly sweet but definitely not into Zin-land. Only complaint is that it was all up lingering mouthfeel, not the most complex wine but man it hit the spot and was quite nice as a late night sipper after a long flight!

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/Febuary 2004, Issue #112 (link)

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

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/7/2003 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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 228 (48%)
  • Consumed 245 (52%)

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