Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select" 2010
(Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 100] [VM 98] [JS 98]
Regular price $525.00 Sale price $434.98 Save $90.02
About this wine:
Shafer Vineyards is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Since 1978 the Shafer family has produced wine in the Stags Leap District, one of the most highly-regarded winegrowing regions within Napa Valley. Shafer’s wines, including its signature wine, Hillside Select, are found in collectors’ cellars and on wine lists in top hotels and restaurants throughout the world.
The small winery is managed by Doug Shafer, son of winery founders John and Bett Shafer. Elias Fernandez is winemaker.
Hillside Select is sourced from a collection of 14 small vineyard blocks planted within an eons-old amphitheater-like structure of rock and volcanic soil that surrounds the winery. Thanks to scant soil nutrients and moisture, yields at harvest are meager and the berries are small, about the size of blueberries. This Stags Leap District site’s combination of rugged, arid soil and climate results in lush Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with dark color and intense, classic flavor.
Exudes dramatic color, high-toned, elegant aromas and full, refined flavors of dark cherry, cassis, espresso, sweet vanilla and wet earth with enticing rose petal, cranberry, blueberry, oregano and sage. Smooth-textured tannins and a persistent finish.
Ratings & Reviews
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select offers a mindblowing display of blue, red and black fruits along with licorice and floral notes. The prodigious aromatics are followed by a precise, rich, pure blast of inky black currant, blueberry and mulberry flavors. The oak is virtually undetectable, and the wine, for all its power, richness and depth, is incredibly light on its feet and ethereal. It should drink well for 3 to 4 decades. Those who might argue that wines over 14% alcohol are hot, loathsome and heavy really need to objectively taste these wines rather than bloviate." - Robert Parker (Oct 2013)
98 Points - James Suckling:
"The Shafer family has made compelling reds for decades and this one is a knock-out. Fabulous character of currants, mint, spice and wet earth. Juicy and fruity, with an intense chewy finish. September 2014 release. Needs time to age. Better in 2018." (June 11, 2014)
98 Points - Vinous Media:
"Readers will have to be much more patient with the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, as there is much less early appeal here. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, mint and cloves emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. The 2010 finishes with bracing, cool minerality, showing impressive depth, power and energy. The pulsating, vibrant 2010 is pretty much the opposite of the 2009. Following both over the next 10-20 years is going to be great fun." - Antonio Galloni (November 2013)