Vinous 92 points - 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.
Wine Advocate 87 points - A soft, juicy 2013 Merlot (90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec) has no hard edges, a dark ruby/purple color and attractive cherry and berry fruit. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
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An intense juicy palate of black cherries, herbs, white and black spices, vanilla and earthiness. A touch of Cab Franc adds a floral nuance. Serve with dark fruits with duck or beef.