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Community Tasting Notes 79
bambam Likes this wine: (91 points)
April 14, 2016 - Dark cherries, mild oak, tannins are also mild. Typical Shafer Merlot. Enjoyed
jmottern Likes this wine: (92 points)
April 2, 2016 - Another excellent Shafer merlot. Deep dark red wine with a beautiful nose. Excellent merlot fruits highlighted with plum, cherry and light oak. Super finish.
timbobwhite Likes this wine: (92 points)
January 8, 2016 - 80% Merlot 20% Cab 2 hour decant. Deep purple to the edge, Cherry and plum on the nose. Rich! With cherry, plum and varietal fruit. Good balance and bracing tannin. Lingering finish. Got better with steak. Some nuance of grilled meat was a perfect fit for the meal. This is big, rip, rich and very good but still a bit closed in. Could stand a few more years in the cellar. A bit of sediment so decant carefully.
iamandyc Likes this wine: (93 points)
December 31, 2015 - Paired with Kobe sliders that had Gruyere, spicy bacon and touch of jam. They exploded off each other. Slow ox as I wanted to preserve the fruitiness of the wine for this pairing. The wine was dark, lush but not flabby. Good structure behind the fruit. Some wood spice and milk chocolate. Dark red fruit. Long finish. Hedonistic, well made new world merlot.
jbehrendt wrote: (93 points)
December 29, 2015 - Served with grilled tenderloin steaks with Beth and Ardis. One of the most enjoyable Merlots we have had in awhile. Full bodied, complex and just the right amount of fruit and tannins.
Pro Reviews 3
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)
(Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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 713 (54%)
- Consumed 607 (46%)