The experience reminded me more of an mid-80's Napa Cab. Same characteristics.... Very happy w/ this choice... Nose bleeded of dark, dark fruit but on the palette more balance, refinement. Caught some creme de cassis, smoky old leather and some delicate mushroom... Excellent value for 50/bot
There are wines that I want to drink, and there are wines that I really should drink. This was the later. My experience with older Shafer Merlot’s has not been great, so I did not hold high expectations for this bottle. I think I gauged it about right. It’s old and tired, severely faded fruit but with a nice spicy nose. Elevated acidity and pepper in the mouth, medium body finish with some tannic element at the end. This is as good as it gets for this Shafer.
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