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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 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 The Wine News 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
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 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:

The 2010 gives everything a Merlot should and more – lively, enticing red fruit with a core of deep, lush black fruit – red cherry and black cheery, red plum and black plum, spice and berry with hints of earth and smoke. This plush package is held together in a structure of fine, ripe tannins.

Blend: 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

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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.