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Shafer Winery - Hillside Select 2016

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.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley.

Nose: In the mouth, from a foundation of lush, dark fruit, emerges juicy red plum, raspberry, black pepper, and touches of lavender and anise.

Palate: A foundation of lush, dark fruit, emerges juicy red plum, raspberry, black pepper, and touches of lavender and anise. The tannins are ripe and silky, ready for right-now drinking, while offering the promise of beautiful things to come with cellaring.

Finish: From the ideal 2016 vintage comes a rich, profound expression of Hillside Select that is lifted, fresh, and vibrant with an astonishing finish, that will reward the purchaser for every year they keep it sealed.

Ratings:

  • Wine Spectator 95/100
  • Wine Advocate 100/100
  • Wine Enthusiast 98/100

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