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Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2004

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Winemaker Notes

Varietal Composition: 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

The 2004 Merlot is rich purple, reflecting the vintage, and offers lush, focused flavors andaromas of bright cherries, strawberry, red and black plums, and cranberry. The CabernetSauvignon gives the wine added strength, firm tannins, and age-ability. Cabernet Francbrings in lovely fragrance with a hint of violets.

Flatter this Merlot's fruit by adding a similar element of fruit to poultry, pork and meat dishes (duckbreast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing).Carmelized onions, roasted garlic and mushrooms are also pleasant companions.

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Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Since 1978 the Shafer family has produced wine in the Stags Leap District, one of the most highly-regarded winegrowing regions within Napa Valley.

Shafer’s wines, including its signature wine, Hillside Select, are found in collectors’ cellars and on wine lists in top hotels and restaurants throughout the world.

The small winery is managed by Doug Shafer, son of winery founders John and Bett Shafer. Elias Fernandez is winemaker. The winery team cultivates more than 200 acres of Shafer-owned vineyards, sources for the winery's celebrated Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, TD-9, One Point Five, Relentless, and Hillside Select.

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As Napa Valley’s third most planted grape, Napa Valley Merlot shows time and time again its potential to produce exceptional results. Napa’s vaunted combination of climate, soil and the human factor of winemaking expertise lead to big, ripe, cellar-worthy and world-class versions.

Whether made by itself in single varietal bottlings or as an important role in Bordeaux Blends, Merlot continues a prominent role in this famous region. While Cabernet typically takes the lead role, Merlot’s contribution—even at 10% to 20% or so—is significant indeed. Often described as “the flesh on Cabernet’s bones,” Merlot lends a soft, round and plush character that beautifully complements Cabernet’s linear, full-throttle structure. Its flavors of plums plus subtle herbs and mint also dovetail nicely with Cabernet’s blackberry and cassis.

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