Red

1998 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • markakin wrote: (93 points)

    November 4, 2016 - still a great wine, fruit still vibrant, no acid, very smooth, well balanced, great finish

  • markakin wrote: (95 points)

    October 22, 2016 - Brought to a restaurant that was out of decanters. Poured some into two glasses and waited an hour. Sniff still had that wet dog oder so waited another 30 minutes. It suddenly opened up - outstanding, smooth, mellow taste, still with fruit highlights and a great finish.

  • Bacchusboy Likes this wine: (93 points)

    October 24, 2014 - What a pleasant surprise.....I am not normally a Merlot fan, but this Merlot was exceptional. The bottle is at its absolute peak....Beautiful nose of Black and Blue fruit with forest floor overtones. Creamy red cherry mid palate, totaly integrated with smooth tannins and a balanced long finish . This is a bottle that I wished lated longer. Wife and I have it on a crisp Pennsylvania October aftenoon....Perfect.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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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
  • UPC Code 013528200029

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 87 (57%)
  • Consumed 66 (43%)

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