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Monday, July 1, 2013 - Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): 1999! A vintage that never disappointed me. Much more affordable than the 1997 and 2001, 2002 but very close in quality. Over the past two years I purchased many California Cabs out of this "forgotten" vintage. Very few of the 1999 have disappointed me yet.

The Hillside shows a deep, intensive garnet red. In the nose a plethora of ripe red berries and currant with hints of grapefruit (?). Nice harmony between sweetness, tannins and acidity. Easy to drink. Lots of berries, chalk and chocolate. I expect this wine to get better in a few more years. Drink until 2030.

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