September 29, 2019 - Unerwhelmed. I have a vertical starting in 2007 but I think this wine needs more time?? I was expecting more...
September 25, 2019 - Slow ox for 24 hours. Didn’t get a chance to try at open. Dark red and black fruits. Secondary tobacco flavors hinting but not overt. Wonderful mouth feel. Very enjoyable.
August 30, 2019 - Big and bold. Excellent wine from Shafer. Only will get better with time. Tannins still very much in place in this very structured wine. Truly enjoyable experience.
August 7, 2019 - Pnp, drank over 1 hour. Perfectly aged wine & steaks. Dark, amazing, smooth, delicious fruits, a touch of dark chocolate & tobacco. Great CA Cab.
July 5, 2019 - Powerful wine. Full of currants, black cherries, blackberries. Still really young with a fresh finish.
June 1, 2019 - This was perfection tonight. Fully integrated, perfectly balanced, fruit was still very lively. BlackBerry, Cherry, spice box. Wow!
March 9, 2019 - Honored the passing of John Shafer with a great bottle of Hillside at North Pond, Chicago
It’s a powerful Napa Cab in a very good way. It’s drinking beautifully now or can sit for many years. I’d probably prefer it in another 3+ years but there’s nothing “wrong” with it today.
February 28, 2019 - Great showing, Exotic nose (classic HHS), Dark blue and black fruits, loads of baking spices, vanilla, intense and massive yet maintains great balance. This is drinking well now, but will get better as the tannins are still fairly big however kept in check with the massive fruit core. Love it.
February 28, 2019 - Mostly Napa Cabernet Dinner (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): Explosive nose displaying crème de cassis, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, caramel, vanilla, flower and limestone dust and a hint of lead pencil. Unbelievable concentration, layers upon layers of intense ripe black fruit, unctuous, 10W-40, bright acidity, strong mineral, very fine tannins and never ending finish. This is a monster scale Napa cult.
February 26, 2019 - Yanked a bottle from my cellar and took it out to LA to taste with Joe at Mastro's in Thousand Oaks. Pop and pour. Tannins were fully integrated, which surprised me a little. Very pure fruit flavor, red raspberry. Perfect balance, perfect wine.