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2003 Shafer Vineyards Merlot

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March 10, 2024 - $46



92Robert M. Parker Jr.

...a gorgeous 2003 Merlot that is strutting its stuff at age ten. It will unquestionably hold on to life for another 5-10 years, but why wait?...sweet nose of berry fruit, toast, spice box, coffee bean and cassis...irresistible.

92Wine Enthusiast

...big, ripe, flamboyant, oaky, complex and immediately enjoyable. Cherries and blueberries are the flavors, accented by sumptuous sweet vanilla. The tannic structure is sweetly rich.

90Stephen Tanzer

...Wild aromas of bitter cherry, spice cake, tobacco, meat and leather...lovely sugar/acid balance and firm underlying structure...long finish. Merlot with real personality, which is hard to find in California.


United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,


Red Wine, Merlot

The Merlot grape is such a deep blue that it is named for the blackbird. It’s an early ripening grape and one of the primary varietals used In Bordeaux. Merlot is also grown in the "International style," which is harvested later to bring out more tannins and body.