2014 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $54.94 (Online Average. $59.94)
"One of Napa’s most prominent and respected wineries, Shafer is a poster boy for remarkable and consistent quality across the board...this is a winery that never seems to disappoint." - Robert Parker
If one producer in Napa Valley has what it takes to change your mind about Merlot, it’ll likely be Shafer. Needing practically no introduction, Shafer has been one of the standout producers in Napa for ages, noted by Parker for being “on the top of its game for two decades” and “seemingly incapable of fumbling any vintage or varietal.” They also, according to Parker, make “one of the better Merlots” in California. Their 2014 effort can certainly stake that claim and it's a must-have for fans of this producer.
Shafer has no shortage of critical praise, with Parker claiming, “it is unlikely there is a more consistent winery performing at such a high level of quality than Shafer” Since their first wine in the late 70’s, Shafer has led the pack in sustainable agriculture and solar power regularly earning awards and top spots on year end lists. As an unofficial ‘First Growth’ of Napa, their wines continue to define every vintage, setting high benchmarks of quality.
The 2014 Merlot shows terrific vibrancy and verve, offering a more “perfumed and fragrant style of Merlot” (RP). Galloni praised it for having “plenty to like” and "considerable potential" - and we agree that this vintage has a decade of enjoyment ahead. For “the very essence of contemporary Napa Valley at its very best” you can’t miss Shafer’s 2014 Merlot. Cheers!