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2008 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1069735 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A huge, fruit-packed wine, made in the Shafer style of mass and potency. With 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and lots of new oak, it’s explosive in black cherry, cherry liqueur and cedar flavors, with a spicy, salty umami taste, like pepperoni. Give it a decant of several hours. Inner quote mark (7/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Elegant and focused, with black cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to supple red currant, spice and herb notes. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins. (Web Only-2011) Inner quote mark

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full red. Redcurrant, cherry, cedar and rose petal on the nose. Supple, silky and sweet, with an essentially gentle quality to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and very good length. This juicy merlot wears its alcohol gracefully. Winemaker Elias Fernandez used a bit of malbec to add color and broaden the palate. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)


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