Shafer “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon

shafer hillside select
LCBO Vintages Releases Classics Collection
Cabernet and Cabernet Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2014

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.

 

“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

 

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the more restrained, understated versions of this wine I can remember tasting. Medium in body (in relative terms) and beautifully persistent, the 2014 makes its case more with a total sense of harmony rather than with bombastic power, as is sometimes the case. Moreover, the 2014 has really come together beautifully since I last tasted it. In 2014, Hillside Select is a wine of precision, with expressive aromatics and finely-knit tannins that support the mid-palate and finish nicely. 2024 – 2034”

97+ points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Mar 2018 

 

“A fascinating nose of licorice, tarte tartin, blackcurrant compote, orange rind, ivy, holly, pine needles, ash, Christmas cake and even raspberry cheesecake as well as a slight minty/herbal note. The palate is so well-knit but powerful; it’s the sort of wine that takes no prisoners. Yet the vintage shines through, and it remains always fresh and balanced. Layers upon layers of fruit and a long, decadent finish. Drink in 2022. “

97 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2017

 

“The flagship 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (the only vintage where it wasn’t 100% was in 1984, when it included 9% Cabernet Franc) brought up all in high-class French oak. A textbook example of the balanced nature of the 2014 vintage, it offers a complex bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, and subtle minerality. Finesse-driven yet powerful on the palate, with full-bodied richness, its tannin structure is perfectly integrated into the wine, it has notable purity and freshness, and a great finish. It’s relatively approachable by this cuvée’s standard but has another 20-30 years of longevity ahead of it.”

97 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Feb 2019

 

“This shows the dark sage and tobacco edge of the vintage, with a core of gently steeped plum and blackberry fruit emerging slowly. Smoky details pervade the finish, which displays a serious bolt of graphite. Best from 2021 through 2036. 2,400 cases made.”

93 points, Wine Spectator, Feb 2019