Red

2008 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 82

  • Slaz Likes this wine: (92 points)

    July 11, 2017 - Corkage at Bouchon (Yountville); bought at Shafer earlier in the day. Unlike the 2014 vintage that is currently being poured at Shafer and is totally shut down, the 2008 is shining bright with a brief decanting. Great texture and good purity of fruit on the palate, with a moderately long finish. Has more than a few years ahead of it still.

  • DJFIII wrote:

    June 3, 2017 - Debbie smooth not a lot of tannins on finish

  • timbobwhite Likes this wine: (92 points)

    May 13, 2017 - 80% Merlot 20% Cab. 2-1/2 hour decant. Some sediment. Dark, brooding, nose of black fruit and oak. Mouth filling cherry, blackberry and black current. Firm, bold structure, tannin for years to come. Long, lingering finish. Very much looking forward to the 1.5 later this year.

  • 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.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

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

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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

Wine Definition

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 685 (49%)
  • Consumed 698 (50%)

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