2018 SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$375.00

THE 2018 marks the 40th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon produced on the Shafer estate. The 2018 Hillside Select decisively earns its place in a long line of elegant, opulent Cabernet Sauvignons from this historic hillside site.

Winemaker Notes, “2018 Hillside Select is an enticing balance of opulence and energy. This classic Cabernet Sauvignon fills the glass with vivid aromas of blackberry, black cherry, warm earth, and baking spice. The flavors richly echo the wine’s aromas, adding juicy layers of summer briar fruit, berry compote, cinnamon, lively red and black plums, and mocha with a long, radiant finish. Structured tannins offer the promise of a lengthy, sumptuous tenure in your cellar.”
— Elias Fernandez, winemaker

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2018 SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON

JD100 | Jeb Dunnuck Tasting Notes, “Incredible purity and precision, as well as opulence, define the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, and this is as good as any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world today. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a thrilling bouquet of pure crème de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, and an incredible minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, seamless texture, ample mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This is classic 2018 Napa Valley with its purity, freshness and precision as well as sensational concentration and perfectly integrated acidity, tannins, and alcohol. It delivers pleasure today yet warrants a solid 4-5 years of bottle age and is going to be a 30- to 40-year wine.”  JEB DUNNUCK 100 POINTS

JS99 | James Suckling Tasting Notes,  “So much black licorice in this, together with tar, blackcurrants, blackberries and slate. Full-bodied, but very toned and focused, with polish and energy. Extremely fine tannins and wonderful length. All about balance and purity. Gorgeous now, but this will age for decades to come. Great finish. Better after 2026.” JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS

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