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2008 Shafer Merlot
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Community Tasting Notes 68
gmbdds wrote: (90 points)
January 23, 2015 - Decanted. A nicely structured, balanced and integrated Napa merlot. Black cherry and oak notes are most prominent. Ready now, but should have a few more years.
jmottern Likes this wine: (88 points)
January 18, 2015 - Nice nose, medium body. Blackberry fruit with a little minerality. This bottle lacked the typical Shafer "big fruit" either because it is young or I did not let it open enough.
Doc90 wrote: (91 points)
November 27, 2014 - Nose of ripe raspberries, fresh lobster, and acetone. Full bodied, creamy, bursting with ripe red fruit, spice falls in at the end for a medium-plus finish. Needs a few more years.
jviz Likes this wine: (93 points)
October 24, 2014 - Such a high quality product. Pure and fruit driven, quite sweet, with ample oak and moderate tannins. Plum and kirsch seem to dominate with a touch of lead on the nose. Harmonious balance. Might have guessed Grenache as much as Merlot but it's so soft on the palate. Would happily buy again
aidyl Likes this wine: (90 points)
September 6, 2014 - Initial taste after popping the cork suggested it could still use some decanting time. Even after 1 hour, it was still just a touch "hot" or "tight". I would suggest decanting for at least an hour or giving it another year or two in the cellar, as it has clearly not yet reached its peak. This is a very bold, structured Merlot that does indeed drink a lot like a Cab...partially because it is 20% Cab Sauv, and partially because they clearly age it in a lot of new oak. The tannins are still pronounced, and this wine will stand up very well with bold dishes (such as our grilled burgers made with 50% beef and 50% bacon). Presents with tart black cherry and cedar, followed by a hint of chocolate mint and spice on the lingering finish, this is a very structured Merlot that still has plenty of aging potential. Not quite as balanced or elegant as a Carter or similar high-end Merlot, it is nonetheless excellent and recommended for those seeking something more weighty than the typical Merlot.
Pro Reviews 3
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2011, Issue #156 (link)
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By Richard Jennings
2/24/2012 (link) 92 points
(Shafer Merlot) Medium dark ruby color; redolent, ripe blackberry, violets, black currant nose; tasty, black currant, blackberry, violets palate; medium-plus finish (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20 mos. in French oak, 75% new; 15.3% alcohol)
By Richard Jennings
5/5/2011 (link) 93 points
(Shafer Merlot) Nearly opaque purple red violet color; violet, berry, blackberry, vanilla nose; rich, berry, blackberry, vanilla palate; medium-plus finish
- Vintage 2008
- 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
- Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
- In Cellars 751 (59%)
- Consumed 522 (41%)