Red

1998 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
Drink between 2000 - 2006
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • JJKinch wrote: (88 points)

    June 16, 2013 - Dark fruit (blueberry slight plum), smooth, slight spice, slight anise. Low acidity. Slight hint of heat on finish. Enjoyable but tastes like us on downward slope.

  • Nlock wrote: (89 points)

    November 2, 2012 - A bit past. Muted nose, some bricking. Hard to pick fruit from the slight overtone of vinegar, but trace of leather and tobacco.

  • Bootjack wrote:

    May 7, 2011 - Still surprisingly good! Dark to brown color, Smooth drinking with Lots of berry, cherry and still has structure. Drink up!

  • Earl T wrote: (90 points)

    December 22, 2010 - popped for Christmas party. I was surprised at how much fruit was left. especially a merlot this old from Cali. very happy with it but dont wait if you have any in your cellar. drink up!
    The wine looks Garnet colored.

  • pikemasterflash wrote: (90 points)

    May 26, 2009 - Opened this one up with about 2 hours to spare and didn't touch it. My first sip was a huge pleasant surprise. If I didn't know what it was before tasting I would have guessed an old Bordeaux. Love the Shafer brand as the family is so engaging.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, Issue #96 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2000, Issue #93 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 82 (61%)
  • Consumed 53 (39%)

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