2007 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
Merlot - 750ML

  • WS 92
  • WA 90
  • IWC 90

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WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2010
Dark and muscular with blackberry and graphite aromas and youthful concentrated black cherry and mocha fruit that show notes of roasted herb with a hint of game. Drink now through . 10000 cases made. -TF
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2009
The 2007 Merlot (a 10000-case cuvee that includes 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) may be the finest Merlot I have ever tasted from Shafer. Reasonably priced for a Napa Valley Merlot it is characterized by elegance and substance... The 2007 Merlot (a 10000-case cuvee that includes 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) may be the finest Merlot I have ever tasted from Shafer. Reasonably priced for a Napa Valley Merlot it is characterized by elegance and substance. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of wood spice forest flowers berries mocha and wood smoke medium to full body sweet tannins and good freshness. Enjoy it over the next 12+ years.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2010
Moderately saturated red-ruby. Restrained but nuanced nose offers plum redcurrant tobacco and nutty oak. A nicely balanced penetrating midweight with modest flesh but a silky texture and intriguing understated redcurrant... Moderately saturated red-ruby. Restrained but nuanced nose offers plum redcurrant tobacco and nutty oak. A nicely balanced penetrating midweight with modest flesh but a silky texture and intriguing understated redcurrant and mocha flavors. This young wine relies as much on its acids as on its suave tannins for structure. Finishes with good persistence and subtle soil tones.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2007

Winery

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1972 by John Shafer who left a 23-year career in the publishing industry to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate, the family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards which dated back to the 1920s.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer.

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later, Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.

New vineyards have been added over the years, with acreage acquired in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, bringing the total Shafer vineyard acreage to over 200 acres. Winery facilities have been expanded and extensive caves carved into the hillside for aging wine.

In 1994, Elias was appointed winemaker, and Doug took over the reins as president when John became chairman of the board.