92 points Vinous
A big, dark wine, the 2013 Merlot is just beginning to develop the first signs of aromatic complexity. Plum, black cherry, menthol, chocolate and leather infuse the super-expressive finish. Once again, the pure pedigree of the 2013 vintage comes through loud and clear. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Shafer. (AG) (12/2016)
91 points Connoisseurs Guide
Shafer Merlots somehow manage to be big, bold and unapologetically ripe without being heavy, and this latest is rife with very rich oak and strikingly deep, fully extracted, herb-tinged, solidly varietal fruit that does not miss a beat. It is fleshy and full-bodied and flamboyantly puts all of its winning cards on the table, but, however showy it is now, it is constructed to keep and has the structure and stuffing to guarantee years of positive growth. *Two Stars* (11/2015)
91 points James Suckling
Blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Blue fruit. Spice. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a savory finish. White pepper. (1/2016)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.