Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2012


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From a superb vintage, this wine introduces itself with enticing perfumy aromas of cherries and briar fruit that fill not just the glass but the space around the glass. This Merlot shines with juicy, chewy flavors of cherry pie, blackberry, strawberry, minerality and soil - it's an elegant, mouth-filling wine whose lengthy finish will leave you wanting more. Flatter Merlot's fruit by adding a similar element of fruit to poultry, pork and meat dishes (duck breast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing). Carmelized onions, roasted garlic and mushrooms are pleasant companions.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 15.1%
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Wine AdvocateComposed 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.

Robert Parker, October 2013
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Wine SpectatorSleek and supple, this is exactly the style of Merlot that made the wine so popular. Floral red currant and cinnamon spice aromas lead to rich, ripe flavors of black cherry and toasty oak, with a hint of earth. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, November 30, 2014