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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Mondavi 1996 Napa Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 75cl £75
California Shafer 1996 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 75cl £225
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    Drink Date

    2000 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2000


    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.

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