Shafer “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon

shafer hillside select
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Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2012

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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.


“Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyard consists of 54 acres all on steep, amphitheater-like, rocky outcroppings and knolls. It receives the full benefit of southeasterly sunlight, and enjoys the afternoon breezes that blow up from the San Francisco Bay channel. An unusual geographic feature, this vineyard is basically a box canyon. The top soil is virtually non-existent as the bed roots that go into the white tofu volcanic soil base rarely extend more than 18 inches before hitting bedrock. This no doubt is a significant reason for the intense flavors achieved by the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and why it is able to spend 32 months in 100% new French oak without a woody taste.”

Robert Parker on Shafer’s Hillside Select, Dec 2014


“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 an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 100% new oak for 32 months and bottled unfiltered, this can generally be expected to be one of the top dozen or so Cabernet Sauvignons in virtually any vintage in Napa, and certainly possesses 25 to possibly 50 years of aging potential. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a perfect wine. It elicits more than a few “wows” when you smell the incredible notes of charcoal, graphite and subtle toast, buttressed and dominated by blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry fruit. The purity of these fruits, the multidimensional mouthfeel, the seamless integration of acid, alcohol, tannin and wood are all flawless. The 2012 signature adds an extravagant opulence and density that is just mind-boggling, and the wine is a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on already, although it has 30+ years of life ahead of it.”

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


“A wine with incredible finesse and elegance. Blackberry, blueberry, mineral, violet and lavender aromas. Wet earth floor and stone. Full body, very fine tannins and fabulous freshness. The length and polish is truly exceptional. The hint of austerity makes it irresistible. A joy to drink. But has a great future ahead of it.”

98 points,, Jan 2016


“Shafer’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is deep, unctuous and super-expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, new leather, menthol and pomegranate are some of the many notes that infuse this heady, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 is not quite as opulent in this tasting as it has been in the past, but I imagine it most likely going through a somewhat close phase. This is textbook modern Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its best.”

96 points,, Dec 2016