The medium to full-bodied 1996 Merlot (77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon) is more exotic than the 1997, with some of Merlot's chocolate overtones emerging in the black cherry fruit. While the 1996 may be fuller and heavier than the 1997, it is also an excellent effort. Shafer does superlative things with this varietal. This estate's Merlot, which increasingly comes from their Carneros vineyard, reveals true varietal character. Shafer often includes 15% Cabernet Franc in the blend, as well as a small dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. (RP)
Tight, with attractive plum, currant, berry and herbal notes, fanning out on the finish where it's complex and tannic. (JL)
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