2011 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet

Stags Leap District, Napa County, California, The Americas United States
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming Style
Closure Style
drink or keep
Bottle Size
Case Quantity
Wine Score
96 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Dec 2014
94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2014

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2011 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet

Media Reviews

Robert Parker

Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. 96 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is gorgeous. Shafer fans will delight in a super-expressive, nuanced wine that won`t require cellar ing to offer its finest drinking. Blue and black fruit, flowers, spices and exotic hint of orange zest all add complexity on the expressive finish. Naturally the 2011 doesn`t offer the typical Hillside Select opulence and power, but in exchange it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. 94 points

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