Red

2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 39

  • AllRed wrote: (94 points)

    June 16, 2017 - Single blind. Deep inky opaque color. Cassis, black currant, vanilla, maybe some dill (?- something herbal along that line), with floral undertones. Fine tannin with flavors of black fruit and a long finish. Lavender and redwood forest notes emerge with vigorous swirling. On the palate there's an abundance of black fruit- cassis, currant and black cherry- to go along with the incredibly fine, well-knit tannins. For as big and structured as this wine is, it's neither clumsy nor heavy- it's impeccably balanced. Finish lasts well over a minute. Easy to pick out as our HSS, but a few tasters didn't pick this out as cabernet, though everyone loved it calling it "rich," "wonderful" and "balanced." 94-95 pts.

    This had been decanted for 6.5 hours then allowed to breathe in bottle for another 2. The tasting was not officially an "uptown" but (a) the host said there would be good wines, (b) we had this standing as an option for R&D's anniversary the week before, (c) one of the tasters in this group is a friend of the Shafer family, and (d) we had seven bottles, so bringing this was essentially a no-brainer. Drink from 2020+.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • jonanator wrote:

    January 27, 2017 - Way way way too young. Needs a lot of time. Promising though. Wait 5+ years.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (97 points)

    December 20, 2016 - This was the best on day 3 by far. Loads of blueberry, vanilla extract, and french oak barrels. Really spectacular. Needs time to show best.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Fisk15 wrote: (94 points)

    September 16, 2016 - A bit of seepage under the foil, has been stored properly since purchase from retail source. Big and rich, goes on for days can stand up to healthy decanting easily. I wouldn't say this has perfect balance and perhaps it never will, but I enjoyed it for what it is.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • rustyRudy Likes this wine: (98 points)

    July 4, 2016 - Dense dark red. Absolutely loaded with baking spice , cedar, and tobacco on the nose. Racy, mineral laden, black currents, black cherry, and the fruit softens the effect of the tannins . No heat, all of these elements are in perfect balance. With additional air time it did pick some blueberry cobbler flavors. This finishes with tart and tannic blackberry compote that goes on for minutes.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
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    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    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 42 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,153 (91%)
  • Consumed 498 (9%)

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