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Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Napa Valley 2011

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Hillside Select is a wine of a place, produced each vintage from carefully selected blocks of the hillside vineyards surrounding the winery. These grapes are small and deeply colored, with concentrated flavors enhanced by meticulous winemaking and extensive aging in French oak barrels. Hillside Select consistently expresses the voluptuous fruit, rich flavors and velvety texture that characterize grapes grown in Stags Leap District. Winemaker Comments: After three years in barrel and another year in bottle, this Hillside Select offers youthful vibrancy along with the promise of the riches of age. Both in the nose and in the mouth it’s brimming with mulberry and bramble fruit as well as tantalizing layers of chocolate, black truffle, tobacco, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon and a slate-like minerality, that brings the 2008 Hillside Select to mind. The brightness of the vintage’s acidity follows all the way through to the long, lifted finish. —Elias Fernandez Vineyard Location: 100% Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyards in Stags Leap District including the vineyard blocks Sunspot, John’s Folly, Venado Ilegal and Firebreak 2011 Growing Season: The cool weather in spring continued into the sunny, mild summer, holding fruit development to a slow, even pace. With extra work in the vineyard, pruning away all less than ideal fruit, we enjoyed a harvest of beautiful clusters loaded with elegant, enticing flavor. Cooperage: 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) Food Affinities: Grilled or roast lamb, duck, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or carmelized onions; seasonings of basil, mint or rosemary; aged, full-flavor cheeses Alcohol: 15.5% ** Only 7 in Stock **

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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 Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/20/2016

Hillside Select is a wine of a place, produced each vintage from carefully selected blocks of the hillside vineyards surrounding the winery. These grapes are small and deeply colored, with concentrated flavors enhanced by meticulous winemaking and extensive aging in French oak barrels. Hillside Select consistently expresses the voluptuous fruit, rich flavors and velvety texture that characterize grapes grown in Stags Leap District. Winemaker Comments: After three years in barrel and another year in bottle, this Hillside Select offers youthful vibrancy along with the promise of the riches of age. Both in the nose and in the mouth it’s brimming with mulberry and bramble fruit as well as tantalizing layers of chocolate, black truffle, tobacco, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon and a slate-like minerality, that brings the 2008 Hillside Select to mind. The brightness of the vintage’s acidity follows all the way through to the long, lifted finish. —Elias Fernandez Vineyard Location: 100% Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyards in Stags Leap District including the vineyard blocks Sunspot, John’s Folly, Venado Ilegal and Firebreak 2011 Growing Season: The cool weather in spring continued into the sunny, mild summer, holding fruit development to a slow, even pace. With extra work in the vineyard, pruning away all less than ideal fruit, we enjoyed a harvest of beautiful clusters loaded with elegant, enticing flavor. Cooperage: 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) Food Affinities: Grilled or roast lamb, duck, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or carmelized onions; seasonings of basil, mint or rosemary; aged, full-flavor cheeses Alcohol: 15.5% ** Only 7 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/13/2016

Hillside Select is a wine of a place, produced each vintage from carefully selected blocks of the hillside vineyards surrounding the winery. These grapes are small and deeply colored, with concentrated flavors enhanced by meticulous winemaking and extensive aging in French oak barrels. Hillside Select consistently expresses the voluptuous fruit, rich flavors and velvety texture that characterize grapes grown in Stags Leap District. Winemaker Comments: After three years in barrel and another year in bottle, this Hillside Select offers youthful vibrancy along with the promise of the riches of age. Both in the nose and in the mouth it’s brimming with mulberry and bramble fruit as well as tantalizing layers of chocolate, black truffle, tobacco, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon and a slate-like minerality, that brings the 2008 Hillside Select to mind. The brightness of the vintage’s acidity follows all the way through to the long, lifted finish. —Elias Fernandez Vineyard Location: 100% Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyards in Stags Leap District including the vineyard blocks Sunspot, John’s Folly, Venado Ilegal and Firebreak 2011 Growing Season: The cool weather in spring continued into the sunny, mild summer, holding fruit development to a slow, even pace. With extra work in the vineyard, pruning away all less than ideal fruit, we enjoyed a harvest of beautiful clusters loaded with elegant, enticing flavor. Cooperage: 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) Food Affinities: Grilled or roast lamb, duck, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or carmelized onions; seasonings of basil, mint or rosemary; aged, full-flavor cheeses Alcohol: 15.5% ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/08/2016

Hillside Select is a wine of a place, produced each vintage from carefully selected blocks of the hillside vineyards surrounding the winery. These grapes are small and deeply colored, with concentrated flavors enhanced by meticulous winemaking and extensive aging in French oak barrels. Hillside Select consistently expresses the voluptuous fruit, rich flavors and velvety texture that characterize grapes grown in Stags Leap District. Winemaker Comments: After three years in barrel and another year in bottle, this Hillside Select offers youthful vibrancy along with the promise of the riches of age. Both in the nose and in the mouth it’s brimming with mulberry and bramble fruit as well as tantalizing layers of chocolate, black truffle, tobacco, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon and a slate-like minerality, that brings the 2008 Hillside Select to mind. The brightness of the vintage’s acidity follows all the way through to the long, lifted finish. —Elias Fernandez Vineyard Location: 100% Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyards in Stags Leap District including the vineyard blocks Sunspot, John’s Folly, Venado Ilegal and Firebreak 2011 Growing Season: The cool weather in spring continued into the sunny, mild summer, holding fruit development to a slow, even pace. With extra work in the vineyard, pruning away all less than ideal fruit, we enjoyed a harvest of beautiful clusters loaded with elegant, enticing flavor. Cooperage: 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) Food Affinities: Grilled or roast lamb, duck, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or carmelized onions; seasonings of basil, mint or rosemary; aged, full-flavor cheeses Alcohol: 15.5% ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/27/2015

Hillside Select is a wine of a place, produced each vintage from carefully selected blocks of the hillside vineyards surrounding the winery. These grapes are small and deeply colored, with concentrated flavors enhanced by meticulous winemaking and extensive aging in French oak barrels. Hillside Select consistently expresses the voluptuous fruit, rich flavors and velvety texture that characterize grapes grown in Stags Leap District. Winemaker Comments: After three years in barrel and another year in bottle, this Hillside Select offers youthful vibrancy along with the promise of the riches of age. Both in the nose and in the mouth it’s brimming with mulberry and bramble fruit as well as tantalizing layers of chocolate, black truffle, tobacco, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon and a slate-like minerality, that brings the 2008 Hillside Select to mind. The brightness of the vintage’s acidity follows all the way through to the long, lifted finish. —Elias Fernandez Vineyard Location: 100% Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyards in Stags Leap District including the vineyard blocks Sunspot, John’s Folly, Venado Ilegal and Firebreak 2011 Growing Season: The cool weather in spring continued into the sunny, mild summer, holding fruit development to a slow, even pace. With extra work in the vineyard, pruning away all less than ideal fruit, we enjoyed a harvest of beautiful clusters loaded with elegant, enticing flavor. Cooperage: 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) Food Affinities: Grilled or roast lamb, duck, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or carmelized onions; seasonings of basil, mint or rosemary; aged, full-flavor cheeses Alcohol: 15.5% ** Only 3 in Stock **



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