1999 Shafer, Merlot, Napa Valley

Producer: Shafer Vineyards
Vintage: 1999
Grape variety: Merlot
Origin: United States, California, Napa Valley
Appellation: Napa Valley
Date tasted: 17 January 2004
Price when tasted: £25.50

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Tasting notes


<li> rich, black Californian Merlot <li> will keep for a long time <br /><Br /> Shafer Vineyards, one of Napa's best-known wineries run John Shafer is based in the Stag's Leap District. Gaining complexity from its diverse vineyard sources, Shafer's 199


Deep black cherry fruits dominate the palate with gentle oak hints. Good ripeness and richness on the palate, the tannin are very ripe, with an impressive, elegant, finish. This Merlot will definitely have a long life.

Big, mouth-filling fleshy wine with black cherry fruit, plenty of soft spicy oak, and the balanced performance one expects from a Shafer Merlot. Give it at least a year, but it should be at its best in 4-5 years.

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