Shafer Hillside Select 2009

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Bright, full medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, mocha, roast coffee and licorice are complicated by a note of warm stones. Plush and opulent, showing inviting sweetness to its cassis, blackberry and sweet oak flavors. A bit fat and warm but given shape by enlivening minerality. Finishes with building ripe tannins and excellent length. This wine spent three years in barrel and one in bottle before being released but I’d still give it another five years in the cellar to absorb some of its alcohol.

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Shafer Vineyards:
From a modest beginning of 1,000 cases in 1978, the winery has grown steadily until reaching its present size of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Today Shafer wines are available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets.

External Reviews for Shafer Hillside Select

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Bright, full medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, mocha, roast coffee and licorice are complicated by a note of warm stones. Plush and opulent, showing inviting sweetness to its cassis, blackberry and sweet oak flavors. A bit fat and warm but given shape by enlivening minerality. Finishes with building ripe tannins and excellent length. This wine spent three years in barrel and one in bottle before being released but I’d still give it another five years in the cellar to absorb some of its alcohol.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

A ripe vintage of Hillside Select, this wine’s mix of sweet fruit and formidable tannins take it in a Porty direction at first. Then the wine brightens with air, emphasizing its spicier side and the succulent textures of its fruit. Put this away for five or six years, to give the wine’s power and structure time to merge.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/27/2013

Deep saturated ruby. Utterly primary aromas of crushed black fruits; still grapey. Fat, sweet and large-scaled, with superb depth to its black fruit flavors. Finishes with substantial tannic clout and superb length. An infant today, this will spend at least another 12 months in barrel before being bottled. Great potential.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/27/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is deep, racy and layered from the very first taste. A large-scaled, sumptuous wine, the 2009 impresses for its exceptional balance and pure pedigree. There is plenty of flesh here, but also more than enough tannin to help balance some of the wine’s more overt tendencies. A dazzling, utterly vivid finish rounds things out in style. This large-scaled, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon should be at its finest between the ages of 10 and 30. Anticipated maturity: 2019–2039.



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