Red

1995 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
Drink between 1997 - 2007
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • ebrumby wrote: (91 points)

    August 24, 2008 - This bottle tasted young, while another bottle I bought the same day at the winery tasted on the decline. Would go with the advice to drink this up now, but some bottles may still have some time left.

  • Mark wrote: (86 points)

    May 21, 2008 - Similar tasting impression as my previous bottle back in 1996. Some decline and this wine should be consumed.

  • spacewrangler wrote: (92 points)

    January 18, 2008 - Decanted for an hour and then poured back into bottle. Vibrant purple color, with smoky raspberry on the nose. A chocolate attack segues into a dark, red fruit finish - reminds me of Smuckers jam, the fruit is that intense. Nice acidic spine - very juicy and sappy.

  • Anonymous wrote: flawed

    September 30, 2006 - Bottle was corked!

  • Mark wrote: (87 points)

    September 14, 2006 - A real surprising wine. I popped the cork, and for the next half hour sipped an almost undrinkable wine, hoping that it would turn the corner and open up. I was low in the fruit, with a hard tannic finish and just overall unpleasant. I gave up and opened something else. Two hours later, it has transformed. It has hasn’t opened up at all, but the hard and harsh finish has given way to a subtle and smooth ending. A very light cherry nose which opens up in the mouth with good weight. Short finish, but I’m still surprised at how much this has mellowed and softened with time. Still, the wine is at the end of it’s life and should be consumed soon.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, Issue #78 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • 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 68 (74%)
  • Consumed 24 (26%)

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