Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

$369.95
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15.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2019
  • WS 94
  • WA 98
  • JD 98
  • JS 98
  • VIN 98
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    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, meticulously crafted by winemaker Elias Fernandez, is a true embodiment of the Stags Leap District’s essence. This wine is a tribute to the vineyards, carefully selected from the district’s hillside blocks, and the artistry of winemaking that turns their fruit into something truly exceptional.

    In the glass, it reveals an intense, almost impenetrable hue, a testament to the concentration of flavors held within. The nose is a captivating symphony of black cherry, cedar, cassis, and the sweetness of juicy red summer berries, accentuated by delicate floral undertones.

    On the palate, this vintage unfolds like a story, with layers of complexity that mesmerize the senses. Dark fruit intertwines with nuances of tobacco, espresso, black olive, red plum, and black tea. The mid-palate is expansive, supported by ripe, seamlessly integrated tannins that provide depth and structure, culminating in a profoundly enduring finish.

    Critical acclaim has rightfully praised this vintage, with Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarding it 98 points, noting its density and concentration. James Suckling bestows another 98 points, lauding its beautiful nose and superb depth. Jeb Dunnuck echoes the sentiment with 98 points, emphasizing its balance and elegance. Wine Enthusiast gives it 97 points, recognizing its excellence, while Wine Spectator, with 94 points, highlights its ripe and exuberant style.

    In summary, Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a masterpiece, showcasing the pedigree of Stags Leap District fruit and the mastery of winemaking. It’s a wine that invites you to savor its elegance, complexity, and potential to age gracefully for decades. This is a true gem in the world of California Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    A ripe, exuberant style, with generous plum cake, blackberry compote and açaí berry notes mixed with melted black licorice and a nicely polished, singed mesquite–accented finish. Hard to resist now (if you like the power style), but also has the energy to take some cellaring.
    WA 98
    Wine Advocate
    Sourced from specific blocks of estate-grown fruit, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is another highly successful vintage. All Cabernet Sauvignon aged 32 months in 100% new French oak, it boasts intense aromas of pencil shavings, dark loam, cassis and plum on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, super-ripe, rich, dense and concentrated—a truly impressive California vin de garde. Tannic but ripe, it finishes long and firm on the finish, adding a hint of mocha. To be released in September 2023, it's a strong showing and hopefully an indication that quality will remain high under the new ownership.
    JD 98
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is another magical vintage for this cuvée. All Cabernet Sauvignon from hillside vineyards on the eastern side of Stags Leap, it offers a vivid purple hue as well as extraordinary notes of cassis, black raspberries, violets, camphor, and spring flowers, with perfectly integrated background oak. Full-bodied but not massive, it’s flawlessly balanced on the palate and has ultra-fine tannins, a seamless, elegant mouthfeel, and a great, great finish. It’s another 30- to 40-year wine from this incredible team that readers will absolutely love.
    JS 98
    James Suckling
    A beautiful nose of pitted cherries, redcurrants, fresh herbs and violets. Full-bodied with fine, structured tannins. More gravelly, mineral and dark than the nose lets on. Savory almost. Terrific depth and concentration that keeps the palate flavorful through the generous finish. Chocolate, sage, rosemary, bark and moss. Layered. Superb wine. Needs time to come together. Best after 2024 and onward.
    VIN 98
    Vinous
    The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the most elegant wines I have tasted at Shafer. Effusive aromatics and silky tannins are immediately captivating. Crushed red/purplish berry fruit, mint, spice, lavender and licorice are all finely knit … one of Napa Valley’s most iconic Cabernets.

    Food Pairing with Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

    Other Vintages:

    2018
    • WS 95
    • WE 97
    • WA 98
    • JD 100
    • JS 99
    • VIN 98

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