Shafer Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

9.179 ratings
9.27 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
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It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Soft and elegant. Smooth and fruit forward.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, earth, dark coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 2014 vintage is drinking wonderfully now, and this wine is a good example of it. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

I had this vintage 6 years ago, but it was not ready at all. Was unbalanced and a little austere. Right now, it is a wonderful wine that's at its peak, and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Easy drinking, spicy and entertaining.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

A blend of 78% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec. Aged for 20 months in mostly new French oak barrels.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Soft and elegant. Smooth and fruit forward.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, earth, dark coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 2014 vintage is drinking wonderfully now, and this wine is a good example of it. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

I had this vintage 6 years ago, but it was not ready at all. Was unbalanced and a little austere. Right now, it is a wonderful wine that's at its peak, and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Easy drinking, spicy and entertaining.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

A blend of 78% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec. Aged for 20 months in mostly new French oak barrels.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

Jan 26th, 2023
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Rich and concentrated. Well integrated oak. Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, red cherry and plum. Intensive mouthfeel. Chewy tannins

Rich and concentrated. Well integrated oak. Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, red cherry and plum. Intensive mouthfeel. Chewy tannins

Dec 18th, 2017
Saul Gropman

Owner/Operator Cafe La Haye

9.0

Classic cherry & cocoa!

Classic cherry & cocoa!

Sep 29th, 2017
Winery Explorers

This will shine years from now...don't make the mistake and open it like we did. Way too young right now.

This will shine years from now...don't make the mistake and open it like we did. Way too young right now.

1 person found it helpfulNov 15th, 2016
Ryan Mullins

More savory than I remember this wine. Super wide bandwidth of flavor. Only 78% Merlot with a balance of Malbec and Cabernet

More savory than I remember this wine. Super wide bandwidth of flavor. Only 78% Merlot with a balance of Malbec and Cabernet

1 person found it helpfulAug 11th, 2016
Charlie Tapp

Started rough. Burnt bandaid and diaper. Decanting helped a lot. Day 2 it’s settled into dark fruit, chocolate, red licorice and manure.

Started rough. Burnt bandaid and diaper. Decanting helped a lot. Day 2 it’s settled into dark fruit, chocolate, red licorice and manure.

Dec 2nd, 2021
Marta Bean

Made red wine reduction out of it lol

Made red wine reduction out of it lol

Apr 23rd, 2020
K L
9.4

Excellent. Great flavors. Opened nicely. Was a little effervescent on opening and a bit tanic. Could have aged more. Would definitely get again

Excellent. Great flavors. Opened nicely. Was a little effervescent on opening and a bit tanic. Could have aged more. Would definitely get again

Sep 14th, 2019
Chris England

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 21 πŸŽ„

πŸŽ… Santa says β€œThree days to go so just had Mrs Claus do my sack, back & crack - gotta be beech ready for some regions I deliver πŸ˜‰β€

πŸ“ I say My favourite πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Merlot that’s not a Merlot 🀣 not as pungent & in your face as the 2012/13 and a bit easier going πŸ‘ You can’t go wrong with this wine 😍 especially with πŸ₯© I’d give this 3-5 years but good now to πŸ˜€

⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Bruno Paillard Premier Cuvee NV

πŸ“ Shafer Merlot 2014

🏡 92-93 points

πŸ‡ 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

🍷 Opaque black ruby

πŸ‘ƒ Dark damson plum, black cherry & blackcurrant w/ raspberry, cloves, cocoa, spice, liquorice, mint & gravel w/ a touch of smokey oak lingering

πŸ‘„ Med+ super smooth silky spiced blackcurrant, dark plum, dark cherry, blueberry & cocoa cream w/ a sweet raspberry undertone w/ a touch of green stalk & coffee kick

🎯 Long ripe black fruit finish covered with dark chocolate, raspberry & blueberry sprinkles

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 21 πŸŽ„

πŸŽ… Santa says β€œThree days to go so just had Mrs Claus do my sack, back & crack - gotta be beech ready for some regions I deliver πŸ˜‰β€

πŸ“ I say My favourite πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Merlot that’s not a Merlot 🀣 not as pungent & in your face as the 2012/13 and a bit easier going πŸ‘ You can’t go wrong with this wine 😍 especially with πŸ₯© I’d give this 3-5 years but good now to πŸ˜€

⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Bruno Paillard Premier Cuvee NV

πŸ“ Shafer Merlot 2014

🏡 92-93 points

πŸ‡ 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

🍷 Opaque black ruby

πŸ‘ƒ Dark damson plum, black cherry & blackcurrant w/ raspberry, cloves, cocoa, spice, liquorice, mint & gravel w/ a touch of smokey oak lingering

πŸ‘„ Med+ super smooth silky spiced blackcurrant, dark plum, dark cherry, blueberry & cocoa cream w/ a sweet raspberry undertone w/ a touch of green stalk & coffee kick

🎯 Long ripe black fruit finish covered with dark chocolate, raspberry & blueberry sprinkles

Dec 21st, 2018
Jack Thompson

Deep Magenta color.

Blackberries, tart cherry, pomegranate and baking spices.

A bit young to drink but I am visiting Shafer vineyards this Thursday so couldn’t resist giving myself a head start.

Deep Magenta color.

Blackberries, tart cherry, pomegranate and baking spices.

A bit young to drink but I am visiting Shafer vineyards this Thursday so couldn’t resist giving myself a head start.

Sep 11th, 2018