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2012 Shafer Merlot Napa Valley

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • Variety
    Merlot

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SKU: 59037-2012-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Composed of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, the 2012 Merlot appears to be another sensational offering from Doug and John Shafer and their longtime assistant, Elias Fernandez. The sweetness of the tannins, the sucrosity of the fruit and the wine-s richness and expansiveness suggest another great vintage in Napa Valley. This is a sensational Merlot.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: DeeDee
  • Self | Rating: 93

    As always Shafer Merlot is very good. I love the dark cherry flavor and balance and smoothness all the way through a lingering finish.
    Author: John
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Much improved over a year ago. Lots of dark fruit and great body. Well balanced with great tannins.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 90

    smooth and well balanced. good, but nothing special
    Author: Cellar Dweller 33
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 122 bottles owned
  • 22 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 22 collectors)