“Shafer’s flagship wine, and one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignons, is the Hillside Select, which comes from the rocky, volcanic soils on hillsides above the winery. Vineyard production is small, and the wine is an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Robert Parker on Shafer’s Hillside Select, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2016
“From the early nineties on, especially starting around 1994, the quality of [Shafer’s] wines soared to first-growth standards, and have remained there for the last twenty plus years. In fact, one can argue that no wine produced in the world over that twenty plus year period of time has scored as consistently highly as the Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Keep in mind, this is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their Stags Leap hillside vineyard that is aged 32 months in 100% new French oak, and from the early nineties on, most vintages have at least 25-50 years of aging potential.”
Robert Parker on Shafer’s Hillside Select, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2014
Shafer’s signature wine, Hillside Select, is made entirely from the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the winery’s hillside estate vineyards in Stags Leap District. The hillside fruit is small and deeply coloured. A reserve wine of limited production, it is undeniably a wine of place, exemplifying the rich, concentrated flavours and velvety texture of Stags Leap District fruit. Aged a full four years (32 months in French oak) prior to release, it is a collector’s wine.
“Very deep inky-purple coloured, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is incredibly intense and impactful on the nose, revealing notes of crushed black cherries, blackberries and fresh black currants with underlying notions of charcoal, sautéed herbs, black soil, chargrilled meat and pencil lead, plus a waft of violets. Very full-bodied, very rich and wonderfully concentrated, the wall of fruit is well matched by a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and depth. 2017-2039.”
98+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017