Red

1996 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • Grant Geyer Likes this wine: (93 points)

    September 12, 2014 - Beautiful merlot that continues to open up 2 hours after opening - surprised that the bottle is still good for a 1996!

  • michaelkelley5@mac.com wrote:

    July 29, 2012 - This wine drank very well. Still had good structure even though past the recommended drinking window

  • AlexHop wrote: (92 points)

    June 25, 2012 - Wow, still holding up great and possibly better than ever. Subtle nose but the flavors are bold. Balanced, with more muted fruit, but warm classic Napa red character. Long beautiful finish.

  • M5 wrote: (95 points)

    March 12, 2010 - The experience reminded me more of an mid-80's Napa Cab.
    Same characteristics....
    Very happy w/ this choice...
    Nose bleeded of dark, dark fruit but on the palette more balance, refinement.
    Caught some creme de cassis, smoky old leather and some delicate mushroom...
    Excellent value for 50/bot

  • Mark wrote: (87 points)

    September 25, 2008 - There are wines that I want to drink, and there are wines that I really should drink. This was the later. My experience with older Shafer Merlot’s has not been great, so I did not hold high expectations for this bottle. I think I gauged it about right. It’s old and tired, severely faded fruit but with a nice spicy nose. Elevated acidity and pepper in the mouth, medium body finish with some tannic element at the end. This is as good as it gets for this Shafer.

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

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    November/December 1998, Issue #81 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • 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 44 (51%)
  • Consumed 42 (49%)

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