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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010
    Merlot - Napa Valley, California

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    • V92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Merlot

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 121921

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2010 gives everything a Merlot should and more – lively, enticing red fruit with a core of deep, lush black fruit – red cherry and black cheery, red plum and black plum, spice and berry with hints of earth and smoke. This plush package is held together in a structure of fine, ripe tannins.

    Blend: 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

    Critical Acclaim:

    A delicious entry-level wine, the 2010 Merlot is rich, boisterous and loaded with fruit. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and spices all make an appearance in this flashy, exuberant red. The vibrancy of the vintage works to balance some of the wine’s natural overtness. Clean, saline notes add an attractive briskness to the finish. This is a gorgeous wine that makes a compelling case for Merlot-based wines in Napa Valley. The 2010 is 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet and 6% Malbec, a variety that seems to add a little extra juiciness, always welcome in a wine meant to be enjoyed upon release. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    The 2010 Merlot possesses a darker flavor profile than the 2009, as well as more textural depth and sheer profile. Black cherries, menthol, licorice and spices are just some of the notes that take shape in the glass. This is a firmer style of the Merlot that today doesn't quite have the early appeal of the 2009, but it is striking just the same.

    Range: 90-92 Points

    92 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    Supple and rich, with ripe cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to soft and elegant currant, dried herb and mocha flavors. Drink now through 201

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    erinn68 (1/27/2013)
    fast shipping and great wine - thank you!

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