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Shafer Merlot 2013 Wine Review

Shafer Merlot 2013

Shafer Merlot 2013

Napa Valley, California, United States

Community Score:93/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $94.95

Drink: 2016-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 15.3%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Shafer Vineyards

Agent: Rogers & Company

Natalie's Score: 93/100

So elegant, august, complex and balanced. If I had zillions, I'd drink this wine daily. I’ve long been a fan of this aristocratic red wine from Napa. This wine comes off as beautifully polished, structured and elegant, and is a blend of 17% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, fig, smoke and leather, it’s a classic. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with hanger steak.

Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, beef.

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This Shafer Merlot 2013 was reviewed on March 7, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Pricing & Stock Information

  • BCLDB
  • 346262
  • $67.97 
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Reviews and Ratings

Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

A gorgeous Napa Merlot from the picture perfect 2013 vintage. A blend of 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, Shafer's Merlot is superbly balanced with great texture, tannins, and fruit concentration. Bold, with rich smoky dark fruit, black currant, herbs, spice, and everything nice. Shafer has been producing world-class Merlot since 1981 and their 2013 is absolutely lovely! Enjoy now after a two hour decant or cellar for 10-20 years. Enjoy with fennel-rubbed pork roast. Tasted Feb 2016. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Shafer has been making wine for more than 30 years, when they first made Merlot in 1981. The 2013 Merlot is bursting with fleshy dark red berries and smoke. The 2013 vintage has great structure and firm tannins. A small amount of Petit Verdot grapes in this blend lends roundness to the wine. - Community Wine Reviews

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