Red

2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 33

  • AdamGoldston Likes this wine: (95 points)

    May 29, 2016 - 5 hour decant and re corked for the restaurant. Perfectly balanced with fruit and tannin.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • davidandrose Likes this wine: (95 points)

    May 22, 2016 - Decanted for 3 hours and followed over 3. Heady blue and blackberry aromas as the wine pours into the decanter. Pencil lead, cigar and toasted barrel on the nose, with a hint of black pepper. Tastes a little strong of alcohol, but is otherwise an impressively smooth and well-balanced. Blue and blackberry are joined by black plum, more pencil lead, and vanilla-flavored tobacco. Decant time served the wine very well. A solid HSS and an impressive 2010.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    February 14, 2016 - Had this next to two other 100pt RP wines - '12 Schrader CCS and '13 Maybach Materium. This came in #3 by a wide margin for all of us. It's a great wine, but was a level below the other two on this night.

    Decanted for 8 hours before consuming. Nice forest floor, pencil shavings and blueberry notes on the nose. The texture is fantastic, delivering blueberries in a silky manner onto the pallet. A dense and concentrated wine, but there is some bitterness on the mid pallet and finish that was very obvious when comparing it to the Maybach and Schrader. It seems to need a lot more age before it is really ready to show what in can do. Certainly a lot of upside in the future.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • msuwright wrote: (96 points)

    January 1, 2016 - 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.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (98 points)

    December 30, 2015 - 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.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Vinous Event: 2010 Napa Valley at the NoMad Rooftop (Jun 2015), 4/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/20/2015 (link)

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    New Releases from Napa Valley: 2012 and 2013 (Dec 2014), 10/1/2014 (link)

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    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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    2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/21/2014 (link) 93 points

    (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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • UPC Code 013528400023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 68 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,693 (93%)
  • Consumed 280 (6%)

Food Pairing

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Who Likes This Wine

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