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2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1278364 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tart 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 fullbodied wine, which is ready to lie down for a rest. Enjoy best 2020 through 2024. *Cellar Selection* (VB)  (6/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Shafer 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. (RP)  (10/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Shafer is one of Napa Valley's best oiled machines. Year after year the wines deliver the goods in a rich, sumptuous style that defines the very essence of contemporary Napa Valley at its very best. Shafer really shines in 2013 and 2014. Quite frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these wines. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol, licorice and gravel are beautifully delineated in Shafer's 2014 Merlot. This is a somewhat brisk, linear style, but it works nicely. Savory overtones add aromatic intensity and lift throughout. There is plenty to like, but readers should expect a slightly more reserved Merlot than is the norm here. (AG)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2017 | Send Email
I love this merlot! Satisfies the "deep and brooding" craving very well. It boats a dark color and an intense kitchen spiciness, like meatloaf in the oven or something slow cooking in the Dutch oven. Would pair amazingly with these dishes, by the way. The spicy and long finish make you sit back and feel very happy with your wine and food choices.

Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
After tasting a line up of Merlot dominant Bordeaux wines, I tasted the Shafer Napa Merlot. While both are merited in their own right, they are both extremely unique.. The Shafer Merlot was bold with ripe plums and fresh purple flowers. The palate is concentrated and deep with black berry and baking spice. A hint of soft tannin structure keep the wine focused and complex. It is not a wine to be trifle with, but a wine demanding respect and your full attention.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Still a big California wine, the 2014 Shafer Merlot also shows a bit of a soft side. It is a lush, well-oaked and rich wine that coats the mouth with flavors of plums, spice and mocha flavors. The finish is long and supple. Blended with a large percentage of Malbec (14%) and some Cabernet, this is a really nice pick to enjoy with some air or lay down for a few years!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
In the 1980's, Merlot was the wine that put Shafer on the map and they've continued to beautifully craft this wine vintage after vintage. Shafer's 2014 Merlot is a flavorful, concentrated wine composed of 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich aromatics of dark chocolate, plum, vanilla and wet gravel fill the glass and finishes with soft tannins. Give this Merlot a few years in the cellar and you'll surely be happy with this one!

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.3