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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2008
    Merlot - Napa Valley, California

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Spectator, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Merlot

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 111139

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The lengthy spring and summer offered seemingly endless stretches of warm, sunny days and cool nights. A gentle heat spell warmed up our vineyards in early September at exactly the right time to usher in the harvest of gorgeous fruit.

    2008 Merlot has a lively, perfumy nose that begins the moment the bottle is opened – 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.

    Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Critical Acclaim:

    A huge, fruit-packed wine, made in the Shafer style of mass and potency. With 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and lots of new oak, it’s explosive in black cherry, cherry liqueur and cedar flavors, with a spicy, salty umami taste, like pepperoni. Give it a decant of several hours.

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Elegant and focused, with black cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to supple red currant, spice and herb notes. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2016. 7,200 cases made.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    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 alcohol gracefully. Winemaker Elias Fernandez used a bit of malbec to add color and broaden the palate.

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Rebecca Caldwell (3/13/2012)
    Fantastic wine!

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