Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This was a fantastic vintage with lots of hang time. In the cellar we'd learned how to produce our wines with less human manipulation. Dense color in the center of the glass with red/orange at the edges, dense flavors, juicy fruit, great length, and richness. Complexities are still developing.
"This knock-out Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a youthful purple color, a sweet, blackcurrant, vanilla, and earthy-scented nose, great ripeness and sweetness of fruit, high flavor extraction, well-integrated acidity and tannin, and a layered, multi-dimensional, complete feel in the mouth with no hard edges or toughness. There is splendid balance and concentration. The 3.63 PH gives the wine a juicy, succulent, up-front feel, and a chewy, expansive, layered texture. This wine requires 4-5 years of cellaring, with the potential of 30+ years of aging. A terrific 1991!"
The Wine Advocate
"Rich and plush, deeply concentrated, with complex currant, coffee and cedar, and a twinge of stalky bell pepper and green bean. Finishes with tobacco notes and firm tannins. Turns herbal, but has a long way to go."
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John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select, is produced from selected...
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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