We loved this wine. It came out roaring with fabulous fruit, great bouquet, deep, dark purple; what a pleasure. We had this with a light pasta from Eataly, with fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, and grated Parmesan. Fantastic. This is a wine to enjoy.
Served from Magnum. Decanted over 2 hours before enjoying. This is (still) everything you want a Shafer Hillside Select to be. Upon the nose, still a great depth here with initial complex aroma of deep dark cherry fruit, casis, nose of tobacco, leather with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The cedar still hints at some oak & black cherry. The dark fruit was present on the initial palate, just a few playful tannins and great legs and structure to the wine. This wine is in pefect harmony between sweetness and tannins with enough acidity left to keep for another 10 to 12 years. You are safe to open and enjoy or hold magnums for another 15 years.
Coravin pop and pour. Nothing detailed but this showed modest firmness to its structure and great dark fruit flavors. Next to a '99 Insignia (which had been Coravin'd into a stem 3 hrs earlier) this was the clear winner, both comparing out of the Insignia bottle and when the Insignia had been exposed to air for 3+ hours. Definitively shows as New World in structure, flavor and layering.
Options 1/8/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 92 Points I was expecting more after 15 years in the cellar. It's still a good bottle of wine, but the fruit seems a bit less, there was a bit more mineral tones, though the color was great, and there was no sediment on the cork coming out. My expectations were too high. I'll try the magnum next to see if there is a difference.
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