2007 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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2007 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 90

($48) Moderately saturated red-ruby. Restrained but nuanced nose offers plum, redcurrant, tobacco and nutty oak. A nicely balanced, penetrating midweight with modest flesh but a silky texture and intriguing, understated redcurrant and mocha flavors. This young wine relies as much on its acids as on its suave tannins for structure. Finishes with good persistence and subtle soil tones.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Advocate | 90

The 2007 Merlot (a 10,000-case cuvee that includes 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) may be the finest Merlot I have ever tasted from Shafer. Reasonably priced for a Napa Valley Merlot, it is characterized by elegance and substance. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of wood spice, forest, flowers, berries, mocha, and wood smoke, medium to full body, sweet tannins, and good freshness. Enjoy it over the next 12+ years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Wine Spectator | 92

Dark and muscular, with blackberry and graphite aromas and youthful, concentrated black cherry and mocha fruit that show notes of roasted herb, with a hint of game.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: Thomas Matthews


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Score: 91
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/11/2014
Score: 93
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/06/2013
Tasted again. This wine is still going strong. One of the best Merlots I have tasted.
Score: 94
Author: R Carlo
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/16/2013
Score: 75
Author: cmpnz
Tasted On: 10/31/2011
Meaty, plum jam and cinnamon stick nose. Juicy on the palate, soft red fruits framed by allspice, slightly hot on the finish. Good density of fruit, enjoy now.
Score: 92
Author: MEP
Tasted On: 07/21/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley:

2010 (750ml)

About This Producer


John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards while the term "organic" still elicited sideways looks. "My soils were getting tired," Doug says. "They had been farmed since 1922." He installed solar panels in 2004, and now enjoys watching his batteries send power back to the grid. Elias was hired by Shafer in 1984 and named winemaker in 1994. Shafer Hillside Select is a benchmark wine of the Stag's Leap District, with a string of awards too long to list. Aged a full four years prior to release, it is, in the words of Robert Parker, "One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons."

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