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.
August 3, 2018 - Brought for a wedding. Still very primary. Strong fruit, hints of chocolate in a smooth, full bodied wine. An absolute baby.
July 22, 2018 - Beautiful dark purple. Nose jumps out of the decanter upon opening. Red and dark fruits, smooth, blueberry, exceptional balance, marvelous juice!
July 22, 2018 - Dark fruit. Just gorgeous. Black dark currant. Vanilla. Graphite. Chocolate. Violets. Floral
July 13, 2018 - nose - berry liqueur, smells sweet, almost like jam
mouth - big wine, huge extract, still noticeable heat but improve since tasted 5 years ago when I though it was a disaster. The question here is will it all come into balance and if so when. I'm perplexed by this wine.
May 12, 2018 - Group wine tasting - among the higher scoring cabs
Fruity; Bold; "Great with the food (ribs)"; More years to go before peak; Bright, dry
May 11, 2018 - Superbly rich, deep and concentrated without heaviness. Tannins are ample but not harsh with a finish that sails on and on. Will probably be even better in a few years but there’s no sense of having left pleasure on the table by drinking now.