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Food & Wine Magazine Names Shafer Merlot Top in the Nation for Fourth Time in Five Years

Unprecedented Four-time Honor Celebrates Consistency of Shafer Merlot

September 2008Food & Wine magazine’s 2008 American Wine Awards has named 2005 Shafer Vineyards Merlot top Merlot in the U.S. in the over $20 category. This vintage was called a, “nuanced bottling, which combines a big structure with spicy berry flavors, hints of cocoa and a silky delicacy.”

This year’s award caps an unprecedented string of Food & Wine awards for Shafer Merlot. The 2001, 2002, 2004 and now 2005 Merlots all won this top award from the magazine’s editors and a panel of prestigious judges.

“After producing Merlot for 25 years we remain big believers in the beauty and delicacy of this varietal and it’s an incredible honor to receive this kind of recognition” says Doug Shafer. “I think the story here is consistency. Our vineyard and winemaking teams have been with us a long time – in many cases for ten to twenty years – and that kind of experience shows up in the bottle.”

Shafer’s 2006 Merlot was released on September 1, 2008. Elias Fernandez writes of the latest vintage, “This release is marked by its perfumy aromas of dark fruit that push out of the glass. The wine itself fills the mouth with opulent flavors of red and black berry fruit, licorice, spice, pepper, strawberry and plum. It’s a wine that pairs so well with food, it makes me hungry just tasting it.”

The judges for this year’s American Wine Awards are a list of prominent critics and writers including: Jon Bonné, Patrick Comiskey, Laurie Daniel, Doug Frost, Anthony Giglio, Linda Murphy, David Stevens, and Alder Yarrow, among others.

For complete online information on the 2008 American Wine Awards visit:

Shafer Vineyards is a 32,000-case winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District managed by the father and son team of John and Doug Shafer. The Shafers own and farm 200 acres of vineyards, sources for Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah.