Shafer Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

9.255 ratings
9.27 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Top Notes For
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.2

One of the last releases of Merlot from Shafer. It reinforces how good Napa Merlot can be. It’s just delicious loaded with dark cherry, cocoa, herb and tobacco character. Magnum Party

One of the last releases of Merlot from Shafer. It reinforces how good Napa Merlot can be. It’s just delicious loaded with dark cherry, cocoa, herb and tobacco character. Magnum Party

Jun 2nd, 2019
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.5

And only 15% alcohol!

And only 15% alcohol!

5 people found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2013
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Surprise 2009 Napa Merlot tasting after the Pahlmeyer tasting.

Deep purplish ruby red. Lovely nose with notes of gunpowder, tobacco, dark berries, lavender, lilac and a touch of gravel. Medium tannins (7/10) and medium plus body. Lots of dark berries, sweet spices and woody. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Surprise 2009 Napa Merlot tasting after the Pahlmeyer tasting.

Deep purplish ruby red. Lovely nose with notes of gunpowder, tobacco, dark berries, lavender, lilac and a touch of gravel. Medium tannins (7/10) and medium plus body. Lots of dark berries, sweet spices and woody. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Medium to deep purplish red. Lovely nose with notes of black currants, light sweet spices, perfume, and even a touch blue. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and balanced acidity. Medium bodied with notes of cassis, gravel, spices, cinnamon and light blue fruits. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Medium to deep purplish red. Lovely nose with notes of black currants, light sweet spices, perfume, and even a touch blue. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and balanced acidity. Medium bodied with notes of cassis, gravel, spices, cinnamon and light blue fruits. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

1 person found it helpfulJan 2nd, 2018
Mitch Cahoon

Sommelier/Wine Director Petra's Bistro & Wine Bar

9.2

Old reliable. A bit taken back by wood astringency at the start but blew off almost immediately

Old reliable. A bit taken back by wood astringency at the start but blew off almost immediately

1 person found it helpfulJan 16th, 2015
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Fourth red wine and second ringer, difficult to tell the difference except that it did not seem like a Cabernet at all.

Deep ruby core with medium edges. Very interesting nose with olives, iron, cassis, blueberries, some funk and steely too. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Definitely young and packs a punch. Layers of black fruits on the palate, blue too, some mint and herbal undertones. Long and lingering finish. Very interesting with the difference between the palate and the nose. Drink till 2025.

Fourth red wine and second ringer, difficult to tell the difference except that it did not seem like a Cabernet at all.

Deep ruby core with medium edges. Very interesting nose with olives, iron, cassis, blueberries, some funk and steely too. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Definitely young and packs a punch. Layers of black fruits on the palate, blue too, some mint and herbal undertones. Long and lingering finish. Very interesting with the difference between the palate and the nose. Drink till 2025.

Jul 7th, 2017
Phil Castellano

I remember this being better last year.

I remember this being better last year.

Nov 6th, 2016
Kathleen Schulke

Bouquet is great ... Full body ...

Bouquet is great ... Full body ...

Apr 12th, 2016
Phil Castellano

Definitely past its prime and remained very flat even after being open for over an hour. Was much better 2 years ago. Drink up!

Definitely past its prime and remained very flat even after being open for over an hour. Was much better 2 years ago. Drink up!

Apr 1st, 2015
Marc Vetuschi

Smooth as silk right out of the bottle. Drink the '09 now!

Smooth as silk right out of the bottle. Drink the '09 now!

Jan 17th, 2015