Celebrated our 21st Anniversary with wedding year wines. All showed beautifully and were distinctive. The Opus was full of rich stewed fruit, the Hillside Select was powerful and opulent. The Rausan-Segla was the surprise. It was delicious with rose petal on the nose - almost like a Barolo.
Very nice nose of violets and dark plum. Bight clean fruit, and silky smooth with a perfect finish. I was nervous opening this bottle - we have had it for 18 years - but it was outstanding. We drank it next to Arietta '01 and La Jota 1998 Cabernet. It was the best of the group.
Dark cherry color. Showing some brown on the edges. Ripe dark cherries, plums and cassis dominate the nose with licorice, vanilla and, what I have always felt to be characteristic of Hillside Select, root beer (emphasis on the root). At the twenty-year mark the fruit has quieted and now allows for a nice medley with earth, tree bark and brown sugar. Age has treated this wine well - elegant where it once was racy.
Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): Mature brick color. Malty nose with hints of green vegetables (peppers). It shows chocolate and is quite elegant but all in all too short for a Hillside. Good wine considering the difficult vintage. Drink now - 2015
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