“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.
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a wine of extraordinary beauty. The purity of the flavours is simply striking, but what really stands out is the wine’s mind-blowing balance and total sense of harmony. An exotic mélange of inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, new leather, lavender and licorice build as this sumptuous, dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its alluring personality. In a word: magnificent!”
100 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, Jan 2020
“Very deep, vibrant purple-black coloured, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select strides confidently out of the glass with expressive notions of blueberry preserves, Black Forest cake, cassis and cedar chest with touches of pencil lead, licorice, violets and sandalwood plus a an exotic waft of Indian spices. The rich, densely packed, full-bodied palate is at once thrillingly hedonic and perfectly poised, featuring a rock-solid frame of rm, exquisitely ripe tannins and tons of freshness, finishing epically long and with stunning opulence. Bravo!”
100 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2020
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