Shafer “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon

shafer hillside select
LCBO Vintages Releases Classics Collection
Cabernet and Cabernet Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2013

LCBO Vintages Classics Collection

 

Shafer’s signature wine, the Hillside Select, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from the best lots of grapes grown on Shafer’s hillside vineyards above the winery. A reserve wine of limited production, it is a wine of place, exemplifying the rich, concentrated flavour and velvety texture of Stags Leap district fruit. Aged a full four years (32 months in French oak) prior to release, this is a collector’s wine.

 

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select will probably hit the magic three-digit score, but it is a more backward style of wine, although probably even more concentrated than the 2012, and that’s saying something. Fabulous potential of 30-50 years is evident in this profound bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that is inky blue/black to the rim and offers up notes of charcoal embers, scorched earth, blackberries, cassis, blueberries, a hint of coffee, and background barrique smells. Massively concentrated but incredibly elegant and poised, this is a wine of great energy and vibrancy. It is fabulously deep, built like a skyscraper, and set for an incredibly long life. Try not to consume a bottle for at least another 4-5 years and then watch the magic unfold. 2020-2071.”

98 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2016

 

“Graceful and supple, rich and loamy, tilted toward the savoury, herbal side of Cabernet, with modest cherry and currant notes. Complex throughout. Drink now through 2030.”

94 points, Wine Spectator, Aug 2017

 

“Wonderful floral aromas with perfumed roses plus hints of blackcurrants and spearmint. Full-bodied and so powerful and muscular but always showing the brightness and beauty of fruit. Winemakers say this reminds them of the 1978, their first year. It certainly has the structure — “those tannins” as they put it. Finish is so impressive with tar, iron and spices.”

99 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2017

 

“ust bottled a few months before this tasting, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Readers will have to be patient with this big, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 doesn’t have the sensuality of the 2012 nor the silkiness of the 2011. Instead, the 2013 is a dense, vertical wine that needs at least a few years of cellaring. This is an intensely savoury, mineral driven vintage for Shafer’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. 2021-2033”

97+ points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2016