Shafer Napa Valley Merlot Premier 5 2006
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.
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.
- 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 Napa Valley Merlot Premier 5
Smooth, ripe and supple, with a pleasant band of currant, herb and sage notes, finishing with tender tannins and good length. Drinks well now.
Plush and complex, with an elegant core of ripe, vivid, well-defined currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's intense and concentrated, showing off pretty mocha-laced oak nuances along with a touch of herb and green olive. Finishes with a smooth, soothing aftertaste and flavors of notable depth and richness. Drink now through 2010.
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. Irsquo;d give this a year before pulling the cork.
Jammy black cherries, toast and subtle herbaceous notes are followed by a wine with gorgeous layers of rich, glycerin-endowed, creamy-textured fruit... It should drink well for 10-12 years.
Red-ruby. Red currant, rose petal, tobacco and raw burger on the nose. Juicy and fairly intensely flavored, with enticing, restrained sweetness...
The 1998 Merlot (a blend of 76% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.3% alcohol) offers a blueberry, menthol, and berry-scented nose in addition to crisp but fleshy, pure, long, layered, supple flavors gently touched by spicy oak. This wine has turned out even better than expected.
Deep ruby-red. Raspberry, redcurrant, cocoa powder, lead pencil, leather, menthol and violet on the nose. Supple but bright, with red fruit flavors complemented by gentle oakiness. Quite suave in texture. Finishes with lush, even tannins and sweet, firm, lingering cherry/berry flavors.