Shafer hillside

Cabernet Sauvignon, "Hillside Select" 2013

Shafer Vineyards

“This is a vintage that reminds me of other great ones – 1978, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, and 2007. It’s a liquid feast of black cherry, dark chocolate, briar fruit, cola, tobacco, and a touch of aromatic herbs. All this abundance comes wrapped in slate minerality while wearing its Stags Leap District tannins with silky ease.” — Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Appellation/ava:
Stags Leap District
Vintage:
2013
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Size:
750 mL, 1.5 L, 3 L
Rating:
98

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Aging:
100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (32 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Organic
Estate:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
15.5
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
2400

Reviews

  • "98+ points. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select will probably hit the magic three-digit score, but it is a more backward style of wine, although probably even more concentrated than the 2012, and that’s saying something. Fabulous potential of 30-50 years is evident in this profound bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that is inky blue/black to the rim and offers up notes of charcoal embers, scorched earth, blackberries, cassis, blueberries, a hint of coffee, and background barrique smells. Massively concentrated but incredibly elegant and poised, this is a wine of great energy and vibrancy. It is fabulously deep, built like a skyscraper, and set for an incredibly long life. Try not to consume a bottle for at least another 4-5 years and then watch the magic unfold." (Robert Parker)
  • "97+ points. Just bottled a few months before this tasting, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Readers will have to be patient with this big, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 doesn't have the sensuality of the 2012 nor the silkiness of the 2011. Instead, the 2013 is a dense, vertical wine that needs at least a few years of cellaring. This is an intensely savory, mineral driven vintage for Shafer's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon." (vinous)

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