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This release is marked by its perfumy aromas of dark fruit that push out of the glass. The wine itself fills the mout...Read more...
- Tasted 2/27/10 Read more
At opening, deep, rich fruit, mostly plum, with earthy, grassy tones, and some motor fuel on the nose. Stays tight until 3 hours after uncorking, t... Read more
Very good deep ruby-red color. Medicinal black cherry, licorice and flowers on the slightly high-toned nose, along with a suggestion of cherry skin... Read more
Food Pairings for Shafer Merlot Napa 06 Cabernet Us-California
- Tasted 2/27/10
At opening, deep, rich fruit, mostly plum, with earthy, grassy tones, and some motor fuel on the nose. Stays tight until 3 hours after uncorking, then opens up wonderfully at four hours and exhibits sweet and sour medley of red and dark fruit notes, including red cherry, strawberry and plum, with appearances of cinnamon, pepper, cream, earth, and even pencil lead. On the palate, this wine starts tight, acidic, and bland, but opens over time to balanced complexity, with wide array of tastes, supported by increasingly pleasant acidity and silky tannins, both of which support long, chewy interplay of fruity and herbal tastes, including plum, pomegranate, red cherry, wild cherry, cranberry, thyme, pepper, and earth. In time, prune and plum flavors intertwine with apples and cream. Long-lasting peppery finish adds spicy conclusion. Well worth the patience.
External Reviews for Shafer Merlot Napa 06 Cabernet Us-California
Very good deep ruby-red color. Medicinal black cherry, licorice and flowers on the slightly high-toned nose, along with a suggestion of cherry skin. Dense, sweet and fruity in the mouth if still a bit youthfully tight, with a slight medicinal quality to the flavors of dark berries, black cherry and licorice. Finishes smooth and long, with firm tannins. I'd give this a year before pulling the cork.
The red wine program includes 10,000 cases of Merlot, but that production is decreasing in favor of the other reds. The dark ruby/purple-colored 2006 Merlot (84% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc) exhibits fleshy, red and black currant, bay leaf, and underbrush characteristics. Medium-bodied with sweet tannin, it should drink nicely for a decade.
A classically styled Merlot, showing appealing aromas of red currant, fresh coffee bean and spice, with supple, well-structured plum, graphite and toasty leather flavors that warm up on the finish. Drink now through 2014.
Shafer's Cabernet is so dominant, itís sometimes forgotten how good their Merlot can be. The wines are dependably dry, rich and balanced, as the excellent '05 demonstrates. It's soft and drinkable now, but rich and sweet in tannins that frame cherry, currant, cola, licorice and vanilla flavors. Will reward cellaring through 2011.
Others have called this wine sexy and seductive. That's because it's as soft and gooey as a melted chocolate truffle. Throw in some black cherry fruit and smoky new oak, and there you have it. It's rich and ripe and mellow, and while it's very good, the quibble is that it's not particularly complex, and will be difficult to match with food.
The 2003 Merlot, which included small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, exhibits terrific mocha and berry fruit along with plenty of cherry, herb, and chocolate notes. Beautifully textured and deep, with attractive spice, sweet fruit, and beautiful ripeness as well as texture, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
Good bright ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate and mocha on the musky nose. Rich, ripe, sexy and deep, with considerable sweetness to the flavors of currant, chocolate and cherry cola. As lush as this is, there's also plenty of inner-mouth energy thanks to ripe, harmonious acidity. Finishes long and clinging, with ripe tannins and plenty of sweet oak.
This release is marked by its perfumy aromas of dark fruit that push out of the glass. The wine itself fills the mouth with opulent flavors of red and black bramble fruit,licorice, spice, pepper, strawberry and plum. It’s a wine that pairs so well with food, it makes us hungry just tasting it. Flatter Merlot’s fruit by adding a similar element of fruit to poultry, pork and meat dishes (duck breast with dried Cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing). Carmelized onions,roasted garlic and mushrooms arepleasant companions.
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