2009 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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2009 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley
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Wine Advocate | 90

The 2009 Merlot is an attractive, fleshy wine graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. The wine reveals gorgeous radiance and a supple, inviting personality ideally suited to drinking over the next few years

Drink Dates: 2012-2015
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 198

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Wine Spectator | 92

Supple, elegant and beautifully focused, with aromas of red currant and toasty vanilla that lead to ripe but sleek and layered flavors of black cherry, cinnamon and black tea. Tannins sneak in on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Tim Fish


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Score: 92
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/08/2014
Score: 93
Author: Dbluband
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/02/2014
Score: 92
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/28/2013
A very nice Merlot, with red currants, blueberry and a hint of spice on the finish. Medium to full bodied, with smooth tannins and a long finish.
Score: 93
Author: Doug
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/16/2013
Score: 95
Author: Leung Ryan
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 09/15/2012
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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