Shafer's famous Hillside Select Cabernet, one of California's legendary Cabs - extremely limited. 96 Points Robert Parker: "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years..." 96 Points 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."
Consistency is a sign of great quality. Maybe we underestimated 2011. This wine is amazing. See prior notes.
Consistency is a sign of great quality. Maybe we underestimated 2011. This wine is amazing. See prior notes.9.4
Blue and dark fruits - blueberry and currants, cinnamon and chocolate. Even in an off year this wine delivers.
Blue and dark fruits - blueberry and currants, cinnamon and chocolate. Even in an off year this wine delivers.9.4