Author: Robert Parker
Starting with the Merlots, the 2010 Merlot (a blend of 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec) is sensational. Its dense purple color is accompanied by gorgeous aromas of black fruits and chocolate, a sweetness to the tannin and length that almost makes a mockery of Merlots produced elsewhere in Napa, a voluminous, chewy texture and great elegance and purity. Shafer Vineyards appears to have the Midas touch with just about any fruit they receive. The killer 2010 Merlot may be the finest Merlot they have produced in 20-25 years. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
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Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/13/2014
The 2010 reflects the cooler vintage. Dark berries and a touch more acidity than in the past. Still always a good wine.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/17/2013
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/01/2013
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