WA (92-95) AG (91-93) Pts - According to Robert Parker - Composed of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, the 2012 Merlot appears to be another sensational offering from Doug and John Shafer and their longtime assistant, Elias Fernandez. The sweetness of the tannins, the sucrosity of the fruit and the wine-s richness and expansiveness suggest another great vintage in Napa Valley. This is a sensational Merlot.
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2012 Merlot is a more typical Shafer wine than the 2011. Plums, dark berries, mocha, spices and new leather all flesh out in the glass. The style is juicy, exuberant and racy - all hallmarks of the year. The 2012 is 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec.
Winemakers Notes - From a superb vintage, this wine introduces itself with enticing perfumy aromas of cherries and briar fruit that fill not just the glass but the space around the glass. This Merlot shines with juicy, chewy flavors of cherry pie, blackberry, strawberry, minerality and soil – an elegant, mouth-filling wine whose lengthy finish will leave you wanting more. 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec. 15.1% ABV. Rated 90+
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