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2009 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
93
Drink Dates
VF: 2011-2019
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Author Danl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.792%
Tasted On 03/08/2014
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Author Dbluband
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.573%
Tasted On 02/02/2014
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Author Litig8tr
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.713%
Tasted On 04/28/2013

A very nice Merlot, with red currants, blueberry and a hint of spice on the finish. Medium to full bodied, with smooth tannins and a long finish.

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Author Doug
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.03%
Tasted On 04/16/2013
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Author Leung Ryan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.889%
Tasted On 09/15/2012
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 92.308%
Tasted On 07/29/2012

RP 90 The 2009 Merlot is an attractive, fleshy wine graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. The wine reveals gorgeous radiance and a supple, inviting personality ideally suited to drinking over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Shafer's iconic Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select gets the lion's share of the attention here, but the rest of the wines also deserve serious consideration. I have been especially impressed with the Syrah-based Relentless on my last two visits here.

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