Red

2008 Shafer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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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.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2011, 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 751 (59%)
  • Consumed 522 (41%)

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