Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2014, California 

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $55.

 

Deep purple in color with a ruby rim.

Strong and fruity on the nose with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, raspberries, leather, earth, spices, peppercorn, smoke, chocolates, mocha and black tea.

Full bodied and harsh, with high acidity and long legs.

Fruity and dry on the palate, and sour on the mid palate, with plums, raspberries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vanilla, licorice, earth, mint, peppercorn, spices and dark chocolates.

Long tangy finish with green tannins and sour raspberries.

This Napa Merlot is way too young. Needs 3 to 5 years in the bottle to mature. Bold and extracted, but still unbalanced.

Shows nice complexity, but
too tart right now, even after 90 minutes of airtime. Still austere, but time will make it all better. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it anyway.

I paired it with a cheese plate and dry fruits.

15.3% alcohol by volume .

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