Shafer Merlot Napa 2011
From a modest beginning of 1,000 cases in 1978, the winery has grown steadily until reaching its present size of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Today Shafer wines are available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets.
External Reviews for Shafer Merlot Napa
For the 2011 Merlot, Shafer winemaker Elais Fernandez blended in some Cab and Malbec and aged the wine in 75 percent new French Oak barrels. The resulting wine is lush, layered, and expressiv
Aromas and flavors of fresh plums, sweet black cherries, currants, red licorice, a little pepper
The 2011 Merlot (76% Merlot 14% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot) exhibits a similar dense purple color along with slightly more subdued aromas of coffee beans black cherries black fruits and spice. It does not reveal the viscosity density and overall completeness of the 2010. Nevertheless this is a successful effort in a far more challenging vintage. Drink it over the next 6-9 years. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Bright red berries flowers mint spices and savory herbs jump from the glass in the 2011 Merlot. The aromas and flavors are bright perfumed and beautifully nuanced in this vintage. Sweet floral notes reappear on the mid-weight finish. Ideally the 2011 is best enjoyed over the next few years. The 2011 is 75% Merlot 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Antonio Galloni.
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