Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2014
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Wine EnthusiastTart black cherry meets plum, strawberry and clove, while softened tannins belie the wine's overall density and sense of generosity. A smoky waft of cigar amplifies the power and sinewy nature of the full-bodied wine, which is ready to lie down for a rest. Enjoy best 2020 through 2024.
Wine AdvocateShafer also makes one of the better Merlots. The 2014 Merlot includes 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and is a beauty. Mocha and chocolaty notes intermixed with red cherry, plum and blacker fruits jump from the glass of this perfumed and fragrant style of Merlot. It is medium to full-bodied, exceptionally pure and rich and should drink beautifully over the next 10-12 years of life.
Wine SpectatorDistinctive barnyard and currant aromas open to complex but earthy flavors of cedar, black cherry and leather. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 8,000 cases made.