Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2014

$53.99
$51.29

SKU 1538

750ml

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This was a beautiful vintage for Merlot. From the first pour the wine opens an of abundance enticing aromas and mouth-coating flavors of fresh summer berries, dark plums, and strawberries, fresh herbs and flowers all presented with juicy energy, surrounded by seamlessly textured tannins that will age attractively with cellaring. Flatter Merlot's fruit by adding a similar element of fruit to poultry, pork and meat dishes (duck breast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing). Caramelized onions, roasted garlic and mushrooms are pleasant companions.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 15.3%
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastTart black cherry meets plum, strawberry and clove, while softened tannins belie the wine's overall density and sense of generosity. A smoky waft of cigar amplifies the power and sinewy nature of the full-bodied wine, which is ready to lie down for a rest. Enjoy best 2020 through 2024.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2017
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateShafer also makes one of the better Merlots. The 2014 Merlot includes 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and is a beauty. Mocha and chocolaty notes intermixed with red cherry, plum and blacker fruits jump from the glass of this perfumed and fragrant style of Merlot. It is medium to full-bodied, exceptionally pure and rich and should drink beautifully over the next 10-12 years of life.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016
  • ws84

Wine SpectatorDistinctive barnyard and currant aromas open to complex but earthy flavors of cedar, black cherry and leather. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 8,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2017