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2006 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley Merlot - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards... More »

Score
88
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2012 VF: 2008-2016
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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.471%
Tasted On 06/25/2014

Mature

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.544%
Tasted On 04/01/2013
Drink Dates 2009-2013

Feels dryness in its finish, may past its peak drinking window or wasn't cellar properly

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Author Dan McD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.532%
Tasted On 12/30/2011
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Author Yamadori
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 05/17/2011
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Author Loude
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.444%
Tasted On 12/27/2009
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Author Michael C453
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.297%
Tasted On 11/09/2009
Drink Dates 2012

weak no nose lots of fruit but still very tight

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Author Victor
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.549%
Tasted On 02/20/2009
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Author Vinography
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Site / Blog Vinography: A Wine Blog Trust Rating 98.611%
Tasted On 12/15/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2011

Dark garnet in color, this wine has a nose of plum and vanilla aromas. In the mouth it is plum driven, with a nice texture and balance. Nice tannins run through the wine, but there is some industrial note in the wine that I'm not enjoying -- quite untypical for Shafer, which I generally find well made.

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