From one of the most difficult vintages in our history comes a wine that richly rewards all our efforts – from fragrant aroma through the round, full mouth to its long, polished finish this wine offers both layered complexity and easy-to-love juiciness. In the nose and mouth I get so many scents and flavors – red and black cherry, red and black plum, smoke, white pepper, sage, oregano
and wet earth. This lush package is kept together in a structure of fine, ripe tannins.
"Dark, smooth and bright with spice, ripe plum and concentration; long, balanced and rich; long and balanced."
"Shafer'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. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2023.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Big & Bold
Porterhouse steak with a dab of blue cheese
There is no question that Shafer Vineyards is a World Class winery. The rich 2011 Merlot is a stunner; grabs the attention of the palate with its vivid red currant aromas and flavors; long and frisky on the palate. Drinks well now and will benefit from several years of cellaring. Made from 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot].