2008 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
Merlot - 750ML

  • WE 93
  • WS 92
  • IWC 90

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, July 2011
A huge fruit-packed wine made in the Shafer style of mass and potency. With 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and lots of new oak it's explosive in black cherry cherry liqueur and cedar flavors with a spicy salty umami taste like... A huge fruit-packed wine made in the Shafer style of mass and potency. With 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and lots of new oak it's explosive in black cherry cherry liqueur and cedar flavors with a spicy salty umami taste like pepperoni. Give it a decant of several hours. - S.H.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2011
Elegant and focused with black cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to supple red currant spice and herb notes. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2016. 7200 cases made. -TF
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
Good full red. Redcurrant cherry cedar and rose petal on the nose. Supple silky and sweet with an essentially gentle quality to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with suave fine-grained tannins and very good length. ... Good full red. Redcurrant cherry cedar and rose petal on the nose. Supple silky and sweet with an essentially gentle quality to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with suave fine-grained tannins and very good length. This juicy merlot wears its alcohol gracefully. Winemaker Elias Fernandez used a bit of malbec to add color and broaden the palate.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2008

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.