Light cassis fruit on the nose and a totally balanced wine on the palate. Smooth yet not a thick velvet. Still powerfully bodied with a number of years to go. I may go for a 12 hour decanting next time. Tannins are still 7/10 without overpowering (after the decanting)
Blackberry, currant, dark cheery, light tobaco with cedar and vanilla notes and with firm edgy tannins. Opened this bottle for a 30th anniversary at Etch in Nashville TN. The other bottle we had five years for a 25 anniversary. This wine was more expressive and the five years of additional aging only allowed for a more complex and longer finish. We decanted the wine and this one will age another 10 years. Too bad no more anniversary wine left.
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(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque black red violet color; deep black fruit, ripe berry, black currant nose; tasty, black currant, berry, black fruit, dark chocolate palate with sweet, plush tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ points
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