Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2008
A lively, perfumy nose with delicious aromas of red cherry, raspberry, red plum, cherry kirsch. In the mouth are rich, juicy, palate-enveloping flavors of pure red and black fruit, red licorice, and hints of mint and toasted almonds. The tannins are round and smooth and part of the long, pleasing finish.
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.
Dark purple in color. Fragrant nose of flowers, dark berries, and licorice. Fleshy texture with pure, semi-sweet dark fruit and milk chocolate. Back-ended with round, medium tannic grip and spice. Consistent with prior vintages, but maybe even a little more focus and precision. No real reason to wait on this, one of the very best values you'll find in the Napa Valley. 93 points.
Medium dark ruby color; redolent, ripe blackberry, violets, black currant nose; tasty, black currant, blackberry, violets palate; medium-plus finish. (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20 mos. in French oak, 75% new; 15.3% alcohol) 92+ points
[From "Merlot" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 24 August 2013.]
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Shafer Napa Valley Merlot
Good full red. Redcurrant, cherry, cedar and rose petal on the nose. Supple, silky and sweet, with an essentially gentle quality to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and very good length. This juicy merlot wears its... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2008 Shafer Vineyards Merlot 750ml
Winemaker's Notes - The Merlot grape loves extra attention. To keep the vineyards healthy we practice sustainable farming. Beyond that our vineyard team works vine by vine ensuring that only the ripest, most delicious Merlot fruit is harvested, creating a wine that is dark, aromatic and flavorful.