Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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750ML / 15.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Hillside Select is a beautiful reflection of both its rugged vineyard site and an ideal vintage. Room-filling, energetic aromas of juicy, dark fruit and white flowers are completed by complex, youthful core-flavors of blackberry, cassis, and black cherry along with delicate herbs, graphite, and smoke. The wine is smooth and balanced as it moves through the mouth. The texture is seamless and light on its feet with classic Stags Leap District tannins that are ripe and ready for aging. There's a lot of lush, vivid pleasure in the bottle now with more to come with a few years in a good cellar.

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RP 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is not in bottle, but it looks like another three-digit wine in the making. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% natural alcohol, but tasters will never feel any “heat” tasting it. This is a beauty, with crème de cassis notes intermixed with spring flowers, a touch of toasty oak, blackberries, blueberries and cassis, as well as licorice, vanillin and a full-bodied mouthfeel. At this stage, it is more voluptuous and opulent than the 2010, simply because that’s the hallmark style of the 2012. No doubt this is a 30- to 50-year wine if you want to cellar it properly and nibble on it over a long period of time, but it will be much more approachable in its youth than most Hillside Selects tend to be. This is, once again, a fabulous effort.
Barrel Sample: 98-100 Points
JS 98
James Suckling
This red has such glorious aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, flowers and cedar. Mint too. This is mouth-filling and rich yet balanced and fresh. The fruit covers the tannins now, but hold on. Turns to berries and spices. So complex and complete. A classic Hillside Select.
Barrel Sample: 97-98 Points
WE 98
Wine Enthusiast
The highly sought-after, perennially beautiful and brawny Hillside Select is 100% estate grown and 100% varietal. It wows after three years in barrel, painting a lush picture of tobacco, tea and firm, integrated tannin dusted in smoky clove scents. Intensely peppery, its youthful blackberry and cherry flavors shine through but will benefit from even more time in bottle, through 2032. Cellar Selection
WS 96
Wine Spectator
Amazing from first sip to last, remarkably complex, layered and textured, smooth and supple, with a seductive creamy mocha oak presence to the long, expansive aftertaste, where the flavors cascade on top of one another and excite with anise and cedar. Drink now through 2032.
D 93
Decanter

Fragrantly ripe blue-black fruit, incense and graphite introduce an open-knit, layered and broad wine which is comparatively accessible and easy-going for a Hillside Select of this age. Drinking Window 2017 - 2035




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Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Since 1978 the Shafer family has produced wine in the Stags Leap District, one of the most highly-regarded winegrowing regions within Napa Valley.

Shafer’s wines, including its signature wine, Hillside Select, are found in collectors’ cellars and on wine lists in top hotels and restaurants throughout the world.

The small winery is managed by father and son team John and Doug Shafer. Elias Fernandez is winemaker. Shafer cultivates more than 200 acres of estate vineyards, sources for Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Syrah.

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SIN161218_2012 Item# 161218

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