Dinner and Tasting @ 83 1/2 - Triple Play of Bordeaux Varietals. One of 8 wines we had for 10 people, and one of two that was not tasted blind.
Very much enjoyed this CA Merlot. A touch softer than the Cabernet Sauvignons that we tried. Nicely balanced, medium tannins and acidity. Good with food, or just for sipping. As it was a late decision to open this bottle, it was popped and poured with no chance to breathe.
Nose of dark berry fruits, smoke, wood, game & spice. Big & soft mouthfeel but great balance. Dark berries, blackberry, black cherry, game, herb and rich mocha spice. Well integrated soft tannins to medium finish.
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(Shafer Merlot) Medium ruby color; ripe, rich berry, black fruit, French oak nose; ripe black fruit, blackberry, French oak palate; needs 2-3 years for oak to integrate; medium-plus finish (85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20 mos. in French oak, 75% new; 14.9% alcohol)
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