2013 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
We are approaching the end of the month and that is when some deep deals hit our desk. Distributors are trying to meet their monthly goals. We tasted this wine in the summer but the pricing was not competitive. The 2013 Shafer Vineyards Merlot is volutptuous black fruit finishing with delightful raspberries. The structure is robust enough that Cabernet drinkers will appreciate this wine. The tannin layers are velvety and immediately table worthy. We have 48 bottles available at $48.00, this is the national low.
$59.00 is the national average on this wine. Deal starts & ends today.
All the best, R&M
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, October 2015
Shafer's 2013 Merlot is wonderfully fresh, brisk and nuanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and expressive spice notes are all pushed forward. This open-knit, fleshy Merlot should drink well for the next handful of years. AG 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2016
Blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Blue fruit. Spice. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a savory finish. White pepper. Merlot with hints of malbec and cabernet franc. Drink now. JS 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
This is a robust, dense and tannic wine, with 8% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It needs time to unravel what are now just mere suggestions of coffee and black-cherry jam, with seasonings of cedar, peppercorn and dried sage. Full bodied, ripe and highly structured, this should be enjoyed in years to come, through 2023. Cellar Selection. - V.B. WE 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
(WA88-90 points) A barrel sample of the 2013 Merlot, which is a similar blend to the 2012, looks like it's going to be as good, although it plays it closer to the vest and is more restrained at present. The wine exhibits dense ruby/plum color, sweet berry fruit mixed with background oak, soil undertones and a touch of unsmoked cigar tobacco. A little chocolate is also in the mix. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next 10-plus years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr. WA 90
The proof is always in the glass!