Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2011 175ml Glass

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The long, cooler-than-average 2011 vintage held fruit maturation to a slow, even pace. To keep ripening on track we cut away more fruit than usual and for this we were richly rewarded at harvest with clusters laden with excellent color and elegant flavor.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 15.1%
  • wa89-91

Wine AdvocateShafer's 2011 Merlot jumps from the glass with dark cherries, spices, sage, mint and licorice. There is good juiciness and depth in the Merlot. The 2011 is a bit darker in tonality than the 2010. This is a terrific effort for the year. The 2011 is 76% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot.

Antonio Galloni, December 2012