Cloudy soft ruby; smoky plummy notes with sweet cherry, shrooms, wet clay, underlying faded raspberry-strawberry, some graphite; rich smooth plush mouthfeel; quite low on acidity, but easy going and comforting, with a slight tang on the finish. Nice and at its peak now. 90-91
opened and puored and it was very very dry , smelled of very heavy prunes and raisons ( burnt ) not very pleasant on the nose we came back to this 3-4 hours later and most of the stink had actually blown off fruit was coming through and it was less dry very nice actually but alas it was end of the night and 5 bottles after the 1st taste corked it up and will try again this afternoon we'll see
08/16/08: decanted 1 hour. Red/blue color, deep clear and bright with no amber on rim, youthful. The nose is bright fruit, but spice predominates, and cedar as well. This is a full bodied merlot helped by a small amount of cabernet in the blend i would guess, that adds to the great balance and structure. The flavors are currant, blueberry, plum, cedar, coffee, chocolate and black tea. The finisih is long with soft evolved tannin and tea.
A bit odd on the nose- some herbacious notes with tar (bottle open for a few hours). The herbacious flavors are apparent in the front and mid with a very distinct tobacco on the finish. Hate to admit it, but IF I had tasted it blind I surely would have rated in lower. The Shafer label staring me in the face bought it a couple of mercy points.
Tasted December 9, 2007. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of briar patch, plum, smoke, spice and florals. Flavors of rich dark pllums, black berries, black cherries and some licorice notes. Medium acidity, full resolved tannins, medium body. Drink now...this wine is at it's peak if not leaning over the downhill side. Good stuff, sadly my last bottle.
Decanted this one and drank next to the 2005 vintage (without decanting) side by side. This is mature and subtle. The decanting helped open this one up. The fruit on the 2005 is more pronounced due to the young age, the 99 was very nice, but starting the slow decline. No need to wait on my final bottle and next time, decant and let sit for at least an hour before trying.
Saturday night at home, Bob and Christine visiting for the weekend (attending a wedding on Sunday). Garlic brick chicken on the grill with rice and snap peas. Wine showed well, but no reason to wait to drink the last bottle.
Nice merlot that is holding up reasonably well. I will drink my last one in the near future, since IMHO it is not going to improve any. I have had about a case of this over the years and it's major development now is it's diminishing fruit intensity. Dark berry with plum, leather and cedar notes.
Still very full fruit, with very little tannin left. I think now is a good time to drink. Nice cherry on the nose and palate, with some interesting vanilla notes on the nose. Relatively short and uninteresting finish.
Drinking very well now, with a nice opulent nose of cherries, plums, and spice, with a very nice lush mouthfeel with little tannin and deep dark cherry palate. Will probably not improve much if at all, but should continue to drink well for the next few years.
A very nice and friendly wine. It has a marked nose of ripe red fruit (raspberries?) and pepper with a bit of dustiness. On the palate it is rich and smooth, perhaps lacking a bit in acidity, but showing a hedonistic fullness with good fruit and silken tannins. Very enjoyable.
Dense cherries and black fruit on the nose, although maybe just a touch too hot. A nicely tetured wine with a medium length finish that ends with hints of cherry liquer. Tammins are very well integrated and sweet. Overall, a good Shafer Merlot but not the best I've tried. Not overly extracted, but very textured and layered. I have come to the conclusion that Shafer Merlots are better on the younger side rather than older, and so I will most likely drink my remaining bottles within the next couple of years.