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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Ramey 2014 Annum Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 6 150cl £720
94
California Ramey 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal 3 Case 6 150cl £1,440
96
California Ramey 2015 Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 3 Bottle 150cl £76
95
California Ramey 2015 Claret 1 Case 6 75cl £120
90
California Ramey 2015 Template 2 Case 6 75cl £360
92
California Realm 2014 Farella Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 75cl £140
California Realm 2014 Houyi Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 75cl £140
97
California Realm 2014 Moonracer 2 Bottle 75cl £250
96
California Realm 2014 Napa Bard 1 Case 6 75cl £570
95
California Realm 2015 Napa Bard 3 Bottle 75cl £95
California Realm 2015 Farella Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Bottle 75cl £150
98
California Realm 2015 Napa Bard 2 Bottle 150cl £210
California Realm 2015 Farella Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Bottle 150cl £310
98
California Realm 2015 Napa Bard 1 Case 6 75cl £570
California Realm 2015 Moonracer 1 Case 6 75cl £1,320
96
California Realm 2017 Farella Sauvignon Blanc 1 Bottle 75cl £60
California Ridge 2005 Monte Bello Red 1 Case 6 75cl £1,170
97
California Ridge 2009 Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2 Bottle 300cl £220
95
California Rivers Marie 2014 Joy Road Chardonnay 4 Bottle 75cl £38
California Rivers Marie 2014 Corona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Bottle 75cl £85
96
California Rivers Marie 2014 Calistoga 5 Bottle 75cl £90
California Rivers Marie 2014 Lore Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 75cl £95
96
California Rivers Marie 2015 Calistoga 4 Bottle 75cl £82
California Scarecrow 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 4 Case 3 75cl £2,400
100
California Schrader 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS To Kalon 12 Bottle 75cl £240
96
California Schrader 2010 Old Sparky To Kalon Beckstoffer 3 Bottle 150cl £830
100
California Schrader 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer LPV Piedras 2 Case 6 75cl £870
94
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 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2 Case 6 75cl £2,150
  • The 2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is the first of these back-to-back perfect wines from Shafer that, at age 13, is still a baby, but, wow, what an amazing wine. A fabulous growing season produced a wine with inky/purple black color, stunning crème de cassis notes, with additional hints of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, cedar wood and forest floor. It is full-bodied, sensationally concentrated, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol. This is a great, monumental Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that is still an infant, at age 13, going on 14. This has got at least three decades of life left in it, and probably won’t hit its peak for another 5-7 years.

    Score: 100Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

Tasting Notes
100
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

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