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2010 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 100 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 59032-2010-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (15.5% alcohol): Saturated ruby to the rim. Primary, almost grapey aromas of cassis, tar, menthol, bitter chocolate, licorice and pungent minerality. Conveys a sappy, liqueur-like ripeness but with a distinctly medicinal quality suggesting that this hugely concentrated wine is still a baby. In fact, this extremely backward, savory wine tastes virtually like a tank sample. Its thorough ripeness, firm spine of acidity and noble tannins suggest that it will develop at a snail's pace. This may ultimately turn out to be the finest vintage of Hillside Select to date.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    A remarkable wine, the 2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has gone from strength to strength since it was in cask. It is stunningly rich, with classic, fragrant notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, vanilla, graphite and spring flowers. It exhibits an opaque purple color, with a full-bodied, massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness, and again, a flawless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. It's classic California Cabernet, but beautifully put together, showing impeccable craftsmanship and fabulous potential. This is obviously a very young, infantile style of Cabernet that won't hit its prime for at least another decade and last close to half a century, based on how older vintages that were less well-endowed have matured from Shafer.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Pure, rich and intense, massive and well-built, with wall-to-wall ripe berry, currant, cedar and spice notes, framed by gutsy, chewy tannins and aided by the long, intense, layered finish. Drink now through 2027. 2,400 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 98

    The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select tastes like a combination of graphite, smoke, pencil shavings, lavender and blueberry jam. But it is the wine's crystalline precision, nuance and towering structure that elevate the Hillside Select to the ranks of one of the very best wines of the year. A pure, viscerally wine, the 2010 is absolutely stunning. Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to taste and drink several bottles of the 2010 and have never been anything less than thrilled. This is a fabulous showing from Shafer.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards while the term "organic" still elicited sideways looks. "My soils were getting tired," Doug says. "They had been farmed since 1922." He installed solar panels in 2004, and now enjoys watching his batteries send power back to the grid. Elias was hired by Shafer in 1984 and named winemaker in 1994. Shafer Hillside Select is a benchmark wine of the Stag's Leap District, with a string of awards too long to list. Aged a full four years prior to release, it is, in the words of Robert Parker, "One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons."

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 849 bottles owned
    • 176 collectors