Red

2001 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • cab blends wrote: (89 points)

    August 23, 2015 - Very light fruit in the nose. Showing its age with brown brick color. Mid palate I almost thought it was going to turn into a dessert wine. Thankfully it did not though a strong fruity mid palate. For me past its optimal prime. Drinkable and a refined lighter merlot now

  • Grb040 wrote: (89 points)

    August 23, 2015 - Light to medium body.
    Brownish red hue.
    Light fruit on nose.
    Intriguing and enjoyable

  • Grb040 Likes this wine: (88 points)

    November 2, 2014 - Nothing appealing initially with smell. Smooth and great with filet and grilled chicken.

  • cab blends Likes this wine: (91 points)

    October 31, 2014 - Initial nose was disconcerting and made me dislike it initially. Barnyard and distracting. Decanted for 30 mins and the improvement was significant. Smooth and balanced tannins 6/10. Light fruit came through slightly on the nose. A hint of brick color starting. Drink as a lighter bodied ready to drink wine now.

  • 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.

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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
  • UPC Code 013528200029

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 207 (45%)
  • Consumed 257 (55%)

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