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2000 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley Merlot - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Merlot
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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... More »

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Comm: 2006-2011 VF: 2002-2006

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 108
Author pliskin
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92%
Tasted On 05/30/2010
Drink Dates 2003-2013

This stuff is drinking great now. The Shafer Merlot is always very approachable -- lots of fruit, silky, integrated tannins, and easy to drink young. But, at this point, the 2000 has developed some nice added complexity. The tobacco and earth really show through now while lacking in the younger versions (which, while good, often strike me as a little clinical). Would love to see them pull this off w/ less alcohol, though. Anyway, this wine should be over the hill, but I think it's in great shape.

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Author mchat
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Tasted On 01/30/2009
Drink Dates 2009

All fruit early followed by powerful spice and a very long tannin finish; high alcohol content. There seemed to be some mint/herb and tobacco/chocolate in there as well but it was subtle. Enjoyable full bodied California Merlot.

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