What We’re Drinking – Shafer Merlot

Black cherry, raspberry, a touch of cinnamon and some mint  waft up from the glass. Les sweet on the palate, cranberry and raspberry join the cherry. Loads of spice plus eucalyptus and shine through on the palate. This is no flabby over-ripe mass produced Merlot. :It has balance, firm tannins, and sense of place. Drink with spicy flank steak. Highly recommended (90 points). DH

WHO: Shafer
WHAT: 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2012
HOW MUCH: $51 (media sample)