Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Plum, Blackcurrant, Lavender, Licorice
Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is an iconic family-owned winery. It has been called “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. who gave the 2016 Hillside Select 100 points.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a wine of extraordinary beauty. The incredible purity and intensity of fruit is simply striking. The structure is prefect. It's full-bodied with fine tannins, flawless balance, velvety textur, and perfectly round acidity. The powerful palate conveys flavors of red plum, raspberry, black pepper, leather, oak, anise blackcurrant, blueberry, pencil lead, licorice, and touches of lavender. The long finish moves slowly while maintaining definition, with subtle black tea and sage hints. Very young but will continue to evolve for decades. If you can't wait, decant for hours and pair with a hearty meat or game dish.