Wine Rating: RP=91
Wine Rating: WS=94
Wine Rating: RP=95+
Wine Rating: RP=96
Wine Rating: RP=91
Wine Rating: RP=94-97
Wine Rating: RP=96-98
Wine Rating: RP=95
Wine Rating: RP=92
Always at the top of the best California Merlots, the Shafer winery has had another extraordinary success with Merlot in 2013. Sleek and supple, this is a gorgeous, concentrated Merlot that offers structure as well as texture.
2013 was an ideal vintage that served up nothing but warm, sun-soaked days and perfect, chilly nights from spring through early autumn. The consistency of heat and coolness created a picture-perfect growing season in which Shafer harvested fruit at delicious ripeness bursting with rich color and flavor. This year’s version gains some additional structure from blends of 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Malbec.
For food pairing, flatter Merlot’s fruit by adding a similar element of fruit to poultry, pork and meat dishes (duck breast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, or roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing).
“From the moment you pull the cork the wine is fragrant, bright and fresh with rich, enticing aromas and flavors of briar fruit jam, black currant, black cherry, sage, herbs, red berries, and vanilla wrapping up with a long, vibrant finish that you’ll wish would never end.”
-Elias Fernandez, Shafer Vineyards winemaker
90-92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Buy this now at this week’s incredibly low price of $46.75/bottle!
*Please enter coupon code SOLID6 during checkout to receive an additional 15% discount, when you purchase 6 bottles or more of the same wine in this sale. Offer valid through 8/30/2016 at 11:59 p.m. PT. or until supply is sold out. This offer is valid only on www.wineranger.com. Applicable taxes and shipping are additional. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. No adjustments to prior purchases.