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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 147 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)013528400023

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2034 (based on 33 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95.5 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 37 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by msuwright on 1/1/2016 & rated 96 points: A glorious modern red that provides incredible power in an integrated fashion. Near black in color, full in body, warm nose of chocolate, cherry, and pencil. Explosive, deep, and bright tastes of blackberry, blueberry, mocha, granite, and cedar, with a silky finish that goes on and on. 15.5% alcohol (more than I would have guessed). A powerful wine, to be sure, but few wines provide such intensity with such class. I'm sure the patient will be rewarded, but I am not one of them: decant it 1-2 hours, and this wine is magnificent right now. (1625 views)
 Tasted by floridawinedrkr on 12/30/2015 & rated 98 points: We popped and poured this. This needs at least 3-6 hours to be its best. Like most Shafer HSS the alcohol is somewhat pronounced upon opening. This was outstanding even after just 30min in the glass. Huge extracted blueberry pie a la mode on the nose as well as throughout the experience. Very very dark, rich, full bodied, silky, and teeth staining. This bottle showed very well tonight. see previous notes
This was amazingly close to the 1991 Shafer HSS with such a powerful Blueberry dominance. (1556 views)
 Tasted by floridawinedrkr on 12/22/2015 & rated 95 points: This bottle was closed and very tight upon opening. It was consumed in a large group so it never had any time to open what so ever. More closed than the other 2010 HSS I have had. This is a tremendous wine. See previous notes (1532 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/19/2015 & rated 99 points: Lots of great wines with friends; 12/19/2015-12/20/2015 (E, 4th St.): OMG. Wow. What can you say. This was popped and allowed to breathe for about 1.5 hours. It needed at least 10 IMO and would have probably merited a higher score. Inky purple in color. The nose is amazing. Cassis, pencil lead, slight floral notes, coffee and cedar. Amazing velvety texture. Pinpoint balance. Delicious and deep. Tightly layered as it unwinds in the glass. Juicy black currant and blueberry fruit. Slight coffee. Long finish. Decades left, but I would wait at least a few more years before opening. (2113 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 12/18/2015 & rated 95 points: A wow wine, but almost too much of a good thing currently. Big ripe sweet lush dense broad red cherry and blueberry fruits dominate, quite sweet and bombastic while amazing also very one dimensional today. Lost out in blind tasting to 2012 Schrader RBS which was more subtle and every bit as delicious. Won't open another HSS '10 for long time. (1723 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 10/29/2015 & rated 93 points: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon- 32 months in 100% new French oak.

Rich and opulent. Huge aromas of vanilla cream, cassis, cherry cordial, chocolate ganache along with herbs, cedar and graphite.
Decadent and rich on the palate with currant, cherry, cassis and plum with notes of herbs, chocolate, pencil shavings, cigar and earth. Long and plush on the finish letting the silky tannins unfold.

This wine needs at least another 5 years in bottle to hit its stride. (2517 views)
 Tasted by floridawinedrkr on 10/14/2015 & rated 97 points: Drank at Auberge Du Soliel in Napa Valley. Drank along side a 2002 and it was simply stunning. Perhaps better than the 2002. Deep, dark, rich, fatty, loads of blueberry, coffee, cola, vanilla. Smooth and seamless. What a wine! (2854 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 8/16/2015 & rated 93 points: This bottle got a quick 30 min decanted and was initially rich dense and packed with ripe dark red creamy fruits, but the tannin and acid structure quickly took over in the glass tonight and this thing shutdown very hard. Huge potential, but I will not open one for at least a couple of years, although maybe a very long decant would help. Bottle should have a tag "Closed For Business, went fishing" (3660 views)
 Tasted by Omadobs on 7/30/2015 & rated 97 points: Kenk's review is spot-on...if jjaffee can wait until 2024, he's faaaharrrr more patient than I'll ever be...and as for Qourt, we need to talk! Seriously, I'd be happy to buy any remaining bottles you have at $1...maybe 2/point! Absent of that, I respect provocateurs with 75-point rating scales.

This is seriously mind-blowing juice, the kind of wine that makes Napa-centric snobs like my idiot brother almost seem reasonable. Am excited to go back to a local eatery offering this for $100 less than the going retail tariff. (3702 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 7/22/2015 & rated 97 points: Big momma. Dense lush creamy sweet intense dark rich chocolate cherry flavors in super concentrated powerful style. Very nicely done, but almost over the top. Amazing it's five years since vintage and tastes like a barrel sample, purity of fruit cannot be denied and well balanced with soft set tannins and finshes with a friendly well hidden acidic brightness that goes on and on. Highly drinkable with a perfectly done medium rare 3" thick Flannery ribeye. I will not open another for at least a few years unless my headonisic cravings surface. (3830 views)
 Tasted by jjaffee on 7/20/2015: 100 Parker, Hold until 2024-60 (3122 views)
 Tasted by Pcrage on 7/5/2015 & rated 97 points: Way to young but oh so very lovely nonetheless. Great fruit profile and remarkable balance so early in its life. After several years cellared this should really shine. Could be a 100 pointer someday. (3170 views)
 Tasted by qourtofsommelier on 6/30/2015 & rated 76 points: The wine has low acidity. It smells like black currant (cassis). The wine finishes short. The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. The wine has smooth texture. (2748 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 5/20/2015: Fireworks. This is a delicious, in your face (at this point) seamless Cabernet. Full of berries both dark and crunchy. Lots of stuff going on in the glass but there is some very young oak in the form of vanilla that needs to settle down. Wow wine even at this stage. (3107 views)
 Tasted by steveadelfio on 5/16/2015: good but expected much more for price (2534 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 3/11/2015 & rated 96 points: Cherries and dark berries, tobacco, spices on the nose. Great depth and richness, but not jammy at all. Very youthful on the palate with powerful, round but drying tannins, revealing ripe, pure fruit. There is lots of acidity, too. The wine is impeccably well balanced already. Spicy and mineral towards the persistent and intense finish. This needs lots of time but will be superb. 95-96+(+) (4577 views)
 Tasted by jda8600 on 3/6/2015 & rated 96 points: Formal tasting at the winery; opaque dark purple color consistent with HSS with violet and dark fruit aromatics. Not as expressive or vibrant on initial palate as one might expect from a RMP 100 point wine, but depth of blue and dark fruit well delineated with the HSS volcanic soil characteristics mid palate of gravel & dusty rock, which petrude into the fruit a bit at this stage.

Wonderful structure with perfect balance of acidity and slightly elevated tannins creating a smooth, classic wine, which can be approachable now, but wil reward those who wait as quality fruit will yield a longer finish. This should be a typical HSS in longevity with optimal drinking window lasting up to 10-12 years before a slight dropoff occurs due to brix level of 24-26% at harvest. That's not to say it won't be enjoyable past 12 years. (3530 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/28/2015 & rated 98 points: Just a few notes during an extensive tasting, but this is a truly great and concentrated wine. Loaded with cassis and other dark forest fruits, beautiful oak, great acidity and beautiful but firm tannin with great potential. Still much too young. In due time this might be a wine which deserves the perfect score and even outclasses the so beautiful 2002. Really hope to taste this wine again around 2025 or at any moment from now! Superb wine! 98++ for now. (3591 views)
 Tasted by Mascarello59 on 2/28/2015: Limited notes. So deep and complex nose, the elements are perfectly balanced. This is a massive, packed wine but still no heavýness despite a 15,5% alcohol level, a sheer treat. Can't score but it would end up in the very highest end. (3287 views)
 Tasted by Stevey on 2/8/2015 & rated 93 points: Complex wine. Blackcurrant, excellent structure. Tannins dominate the palate beginning to end; to me this wine is closed and the 93 rating is based on the wine at this stage. I'd keep this deep in the cellar and let sleep for 7-10 more years. (3604 views)
 Tasted by RJurman on 12/26/2014 & rated 95 points: Wow! This wine was truly spectacular even at this stage. It is young, and a bit tannic but I can't see this wine getting any better. Unfortunately, it did not last long enough to truly evaluate it over time, but I have three more and will not go near them for a least a few years. (3740 views)
 Tasted by djlevin on 12/1/2014 & rated 95 points: Shafer Vineyards Wine Tasting and Visit (Napa Valley, CA): By far, this was the most enjoyable wine of the 2014 releases. I wonder where the 2011 vintage will take them? Very fruity plum on the nose with a touch of tobacco and menthol. A blackberry and plum fruit-forward palate with a very long, luxurious dark chocolate finish. Beautifully balanced with soft tannins and a nice acidic backbone. The wine was soft, but not particularly vibrant in the mouth. A very refined style. An excellent Napa Cabernet, but at $250/btl retail, difficult to justify the price. (3110 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 11/26/2014 & rated 95 points: Just couldn't help myself in opening one. I know it is a mere baby and needs a bunch of time but its so fun to drink. Loads of fruit, loads of tannins and really loads of everything. Can't wait to try this again in about 10 years. (4186 views)
 Tasted by pauljr1121 on 11/21/2014 & rated 97 points: Tasted at the winery. The tasting went from cool to memorable when Jon Shafer popped in. Cassis, licorice, earthy notes and spice. Clearly youthful but so nice. So plush now but with so much more to give. Scooped up two. I need to wait at least a few years for the first one and maybe ten for the other. (3482 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 11/2/2014: An attack on the palate with its piles of coarsely packed overripe and baked, clumsy fruit and overwrought tannin. (5052 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Vinous Event: 2010 Napa Valley at the NoMad Rooftop (Jun 2015) (4/1/2015)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/20/2015)
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Vinous, New Releases from Napa Valley: 2012 and 2013 (Dec 2014) (10/1/2014)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174
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Vinous, 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012)
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Vinous, New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/21/2014)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Pre-release (9/1/14 release) - saturated, very dark red violet color; ripe black currant, black cherry, baked berry nose; rich, concentrated, ripe black currant, black cherry, baked berry palate with plush, sweet tannins; needs 2-3 years; long finish (15.5% alcohol; 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak, 15 months in bottle) 93+ points  93 points
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Producer website
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 blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.

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