Shafer vineyards, located in the Stag's Leap District of Napa Valley is well known for producing outstanding Merlot. This 2013 is a blend of 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Malbec. With Several 90 point scores Antonio Galloni scored this 92 saying "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. Shafer is one of Napa Valley's best oiled machines. Year after year the wines deliver the goods in a rich, sumptuous style that defines the very essence of contemporary Napa Valley at its very best."