The nose shows fresh red fruits, cranberry and cherry. On the palate, a panoply of red fruits, cherry, strawberry, cranberry, and even a little pomegranate, is anchored by leafy herbs, a hint of cloves, and a milk chocolate finish. Smooth tannins and tart red fruit create marvelous balance and beg for locally-sourced and perfectly seared lamb chops. Very Highly Recommended. 95 points. DBH

WHO: Shafer
WHAT: Merlot
WHEN: 2014
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
HOW MUCH: $55 (media sample)

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