Shafer

Napa Valley Merlot

9.162 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Rich and concentrated. Well integrated oak. Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, red cherry and plum. Intensive mouthfeel. Chewy tannins

Rich and concentrated. Well integrated oak. Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, red cherry and plum. Intensive mouthfeel. Chewy tannins

Dec 18th, 2017
Saul Gropman

Owner/Operator Cafe La Haye

9.0

Classic cherry & cocoa!

Classic cherry & cocoa!

Sep 29th, 2017
Winery Explorers

This will shine years from now...don't make the mistake and open it like we did. Way too young right now.

This will shine years from now...don't make the mistake and open it like we did. Way too young right now.

1 person found it helpfulNov 15th, 2016
Ryan Mullins

More savory than I remember this wine. Super wide bandwidth of flavor. Only 78% Merlot with a balance of Malbec and Cabernet

More savory than I remember this wine. Super wide bandwidth of flavor. Only 78% Merlot with a balance of Malbec and Cabernet

1 person found it helpfulAug 11th, 2016
Chris England

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 21 πŸŽ„

πŸŽ… Santa says β€œThree days to go so just had Mrs Claus do my sack, back & crack - gotta be beech ready for some regions I deliver πŸ˜‰β€

πŸ“ I say My favourite πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Merlot that’s not a Merlot 🀣 not as pungent & in your face as the 2012/13 and a bit easier going πŸ‘ You can’t go wrong with this wine 😍 especially with πŸ₯© I’d give this 3-5 years but good now to πŸ˜€

⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Bruno Paillard Premier Cuvee NV

πŸ“ Shafer Merlot 2014

🏡 92-93 points

πŸ‡ 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

🍷 Opaque black ruby

πŸ‘ƒ Dark damson plum, black cherry & blackcurrant w/ raspberry, cloves, cocoa, spice, liquorice, mint & gravel w/ a touch of smokey oak lingering

πŸ‘„ Med+ super smooth silky spiced blackcurrant, dark plum, dark cherry, blueberry & cocoa cream w/ a sweet raspberry undertone w/ a touch of green stalk & coffee kick

🎯 Long ripe black fruit finish covered with dark chocolate, raspberry & blueberry sprinkles

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 21 πŸŽ„

πŸŽ… Santa says β€œThree days to go so just had Mrs Claus do my sack, back & crack - gotta be beech ready for some regions I deliver πŸ˜‰β€

πŸ“ I say My favourite πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Merlot that’s not a Merlot 🀣 not as pungent & in your face as the 2012/13 and a bit easier going πŸ‘ You can’t go wrong with this wine 😍 especially with πŸ₯© I’d give this 3-5 years but good now to πŸ˜€

⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Bruno Paillard Premier Cuvee NV

πŸ“ Shafer Merlot 2014

🏡 92-93 points

πŸ‡ 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

🍷 Opaque black ruby

πŸ‘ƒ Dark damson plum, black cherry & blackcurrant w/ raspberry, cloves, cocoa, spice, liquorice, mint & gravel w/ a touch of smokey oak lingering

πŸ‘„ Med+ super smooth silky spiced blackcurrant, dark plum, dark cherry, blueberry & cocoa cream w/ a sweet raspberry undertone w/ a touch of green stalk & coffee kick

🎯 Long ripe black fruit finish covered with dark chocolate, raspberry & blueberry sprinkles

Dec 21st, 2018
Jack Thompson

Deep Magenta color.

Blackberries, tart cherry, pomegranate and baking spices.

A bit young to drink but I am visiting Shafer vineyards this Thursday so couldn’t resist giving myself a head start.

Deep Magenta color.

Blackberries, tart cherry, pomegranate and baking spices.

A bit young to drink but I am visiting Shafer vineyards this Thursday so couldn’t resist giving myself a head start.

Sep 11th, 2018
Meifeng Yang

A bit more sour than I expected, but quite easy to drink as a 15.3% alcohol content. Probably would say it's a medium-bodied wine.

A bit more sour than I expected, but quite easy to drink as a 15.3% alcohol content. Probably would say it's a medium-bodied wine.

Jul 10th, 2018
Mark Flesher

This wine was murdered tonight. This one has a TON of youthful black fruit, bramble, wildflower, chocolate. The makings of a really nice Merlot are all here, but are just very tight. After an hour of being in the glass, this one really did perform quite a bit better than it did initially after it was "Coravinned." Sweeter, youthful fruit on the front. Acidic finish, tannin very present. Stiff oaked tannic finish. Very enjoyable. Wish I had a case of this. At the price paid, I should have bought a case, but unfortunately snoozed.

This wine was murdered tonight. This one has a TON of youthful black fruit, bramble, wildflower, chocolate. The makings of a really nice Merlot are all here, but are just very tight. After an hour of being in the glass, this one really did perform quite a bit better than it did initially after it was "Coravinned." Sweeter, youthful fruit on the front. Acidic finish, tannin very present. Stiff oaked tannic finish. Very enjoyable. Wish I had a case of this. At the price paid, I should have bought a case, but unfortunately snoozed.

Jun 7th, 2018
Jim Takada

Always a solid Merlot bottle. Impressive.

Always a solid Merlot bottle. Impressive.

Jun 2nd, 2018
Steven Watson

Good with appetizers. Strong alcohol. Maybe not good without food.

Good with appetizers. Strong alcohol. Maybe not good without food.

Apr 17th, 2018