Beautiful cab with great dark red fruit on the nose and hints of cocoa and oak. The mouth feel is silky and full with great depth and complexity. Extremely well balanced with a luscious long finish. We tried it decanted (35-45min) and straight from the bottle and found the fresh red fruits much more appealing without decanting and tannins were fine without decanting but a bit more subtle after decanting.
This was our 3rd bottle of this since November 2014. We decanted this one for 4 hours. well worth it. Not thick or heavy. Great nose, cedar, mocha, chocolate covered cherries. Very smooth and silky. A little musty but blew off in the glass after 15 min. Well integrated from start to finish. tannins fully resolved. Very smooth with 30 second finish. Drank along side 2005 Grace Family and as the Grace was a little disjointed the Shafer was much more ready to be consumed. Not as Dark or thick as the Grace Family. Shafer Hillside is a great wine and never disappoints.
Opened the first bottle and decanted for 3 hours. Opened the second bottle and just popped and poured. All 4 of us thought the 2nd bottle was better than the first as the second bottle was much fuller, more body, and definitely more fruit on the finish. Excellent bottle for $200. I have never had a bad Shafer and we drink a lot of them. Even a bad bottle of Shafer is a treat. I would not decant this wine for more than 30 minutes. Its a good shafer but the 2001-2007, & 2010 are certainly better. Tasting notes: The wine is very dark and inky colored. The legs are slow. There is heavy sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, strawberry jam and cherry. There is a little alcohol on the nose and slightly on the finish but not enough to over power the wine. The body is medium/full. The wine has silky smooth texture. The wine finishes medium for 20+ seconds. The wine has low acidity.
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(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Dark red violet color; tart plum, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup nose; rich, tart plum, cassis, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup palate; has decades to go; long finish
(Shafer Hillside Select) Amazing nose. Currants, cassis, violets, nuts, raspberry, menthol, an amazing thickness to the nose. Very layered. Super concentrated on the palate. Perfectly balanced with layers of classicaly concentrated cab fruit. Caressing tannins. Outstanding length. Lives up to the hype even in this weak vintage.
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