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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2003
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2003
(search item no. 84818)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pull the cork on a Shafer Merlot and you'll find a sleek, stylish wine that takes center stage with all its appealing varietal fruit, not a Merlot that plays understudy to a Cabernet Sauvignon. Gaining complexity from its diverse vineyard sources, this Merlot draws its grapes from selected vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. Blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, it serves up forward plum and black cherry fruit flavors and a supple texture.
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About Shafer Vineyards:

John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select, is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.