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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Shafer 1995 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 75cl £295
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $110

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2000

    Source

    126, The Wine Advocate

    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select possesses lots of fatness in the mid-palate. There is plenty of tannin in this full-bodied, rich effort. It is remarkable how the finest California Cabernets combine extraordinary power and richness with balance and elegance. A stupendous wine, it is worth a special effort to obtain. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030. 

Tasting Notes
99
California Shafer 1996 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $125

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2000

    Source

    132, The Wine Advocate

    Since 1991, Shafer's Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon has unquestionably been one of the top dozen or so California Cabernets. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 32 months in 100% French oak casks (the majority Taransaud), it possesses the elegance and finesse one would expect from the Stags Leap area, but also monumental power, richness, and intensity. The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the vintage's super-stars. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by super aromatics, immense body, great fruit extraction, superb purity and overall symmetry, as well as a 40+ second finish. Revealing exceptional intensity (but no heaviness) as well as perfectly integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this fabulous Cabernet will drink wonderfully for three decades.

Tasting Notes
98
California Shafer 2003 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 75cl £210
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather noticeable tannins kick in on the finish. This wine seems to be moving from adolescence to that early mature stage, where I would expect it to hold for at least another 10-15 or more years. Clearly not one of the superstars in what was a rather astonishing qualitative lineup, but it’s outrageously good Cabernet Sauvignon, and I expect myself, as well as any of my readers, would drink this 24/7.

    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.

Tasting Notes
95
California Shafer 2012 Napa Merlot 3 Bottle 75cl £40
90
California Shafer 2012 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £1,446
100
California Shafer 2013 Firebreak Sangiovese 2 Bottle 75cl £60
California Shafer 2014 Napa Merlot 3 Bottle 75cl £33
California Shafer 2015 TD 9 3 Bottle 75cl £30
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