2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (Elsewhere $60) SKU #1278364


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  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    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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