2008 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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2008 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 90

(15.3% alcohol; includes 1% malbec): 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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 88

The 2008 Merlot shows good freshness, mid-weight, not quite the flamboyance and intensity of the 2007, but lots of fruit as well as a seductive personality. It, too, should drink well for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | 92

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 Dates: 2011-2016
Author: Tim Fish


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Score: 93
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/14/2012
Dark, cocoa, black currants. Full bodied with everything well balanced. Silky smooth tannins and a great finish. Just a well made wine.
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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