2009 Shafer - Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Leung Ryan
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 09/15/2012

Rating: 94
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/17/2015

Rating: 93
Author: Doug
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/16/2013

Rating: 93
Author: Dbluband
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/02/2014

Rating: 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.

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

64 bottles owned by 18 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Merlot


Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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