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Shafer Merlot Napa 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Shafer makes one of California s finest Merlots Sourced from a Yountville vineyard site and another in the foothills just south of Stag s Leap Shafer reduced the crop more than usual in the cool 2010 vintage in order to harvest fine clusters with develop

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Shafer Vineyards:
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

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/03/2013

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


External Review
Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
10/04/2012

Aromas and flavors of fresh plums, sweet black cherries, currants, red licorice, a little pepper


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/21/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

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.



Shafer makes one of California s finest Merlots Sourced from a Yountville vineyard site and another in the foothills just south of Stag s Leap Shafer reduced the crop more than usual in the cool 2010 vintage in order to harvest fine clusters with develop

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