2005 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1x750ml


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Rating: Vinous 94+Robert Parker 94

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Vinous 94+

(14.9% alcohol): Dark, bright red. Very fresh on the nose but more reserved and much less explosive today than 2004, offering aromas of black cherry, cassis, dark spices and licorice. Then superconcentrated and tactile on the palate, conveying a lower-pH impression than the 2004. This extremely intense wine still needs time in the cellar to open–and to absorb its vibrant acidity–but the tannins here are fully ripe and suave. Still a bit youthfully stunted but a wine of outstanding energy and incipient savory complexity, with a great future ahead of it. [Stephen Tanzer, 01/07/2016]

Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034

Robert Parker 94

One of the world’s most extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons is the 1,800-2,400-case offering of Shafer’s Hillside Select. The most Bordeaux-like Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select in many years is the 2005, which is significantly lower in alcohol, and possesses more acidity as well as wonderful vibrancy. Sweet black cherry fruit intertwined with toasty oak emerge from this lush, ripe red. Befitting the vintage, it is not as weighty, powerful, or New World-ish as wines from riper California vintages tend to be, but represents a lighter-styled yet rich, intense example of this cuvee. We finished the tasting with a bottle of the 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced long before the Hillside Select came into being, and this 28-year old offering still merits a mid-90 point rating. It was aged 18 months in a combination of French and American oak, and possesses an incredibly high pH. Performing like a brilliant Pauillac, it reveals notes of cedar, black currants, and spice box. So much for California Cabernet not aging well! Not yet released. Tel. (707) 944-2877; Fax (707) 944-9454 [Robert M. Parker, Jr., 12/26/2006]


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