2006 Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

2006 Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

2006 Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

89 pts
87 pts
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Napa Valley

The 2006 vintage was not the easiest for Napa growers, as a wide range of issues demanded careful management of the vineyards. It started as winter flooding, and wet weather pushed back bud break — spring botrytis was a problem. Things heated up in June and July, and shatter was a problem, but the pace of ripening also caught up somewhat in the warm conditions. August cooled off a bit, allowing the pace of ripening to continue at a good clip, and conditions remained sound through the harvest. Cool temperatures arrived in October, with a little rain in the first week, and mold was a concerns. Late-ripening Cabernet struggled somewhat to achieve perfect physiological ripeness, and while the vintage has produced some very good to excellent wines, it is a bit more variable than the stellar years that surround it.

Key Dates

Conditions warmer than average

Conditions warmer than average

Coolest of the summer months

Slight rain at the start of the month

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Producer Facts

Winery Name

  • Shafer Vineyards

Web Site

  • http://www.shafervineyards.com/


  • John Shafer

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Flavor Profile

  • Medium to full-bodied wines with flavors of black cherry, plum, and tobacco

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