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Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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15.50% /
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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 95
  • WE 97
  • WA 98
  • JD 100
  • JS 99
  • VIN 98
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Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a wine that embodies the essence of its origins, sourced from meticulously selected blocks of Stags Leap District hillside vineyards. Crafted by the renowned winery, Shafer Vineyards, under the guidance of their talented winemaker Elias Fernandez, this wine showcases the true character of the region’s grapes. Its release date in September 2022 marked the unveiling of a wine that would captivate the senses and stand among the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in the world.

In the glass, the 2018 Hillside Select exhibits a deep, enticing purple hue that hints at the opulence within. The aromas are vibrant and aromatic, with blackberry and black cherry taking the lead, complemented by warm earth and delicate notes of baking spice. On the palate, these aromas are mirrored in the flavors, creating a symphony of taste. Juicy layers of summer briar fruit and berry compote intermingle with hints of cinnamon, lively red and black plums, and a touch of mocha. The wine’s finish is radiant and enduring, leaving a lasting impression.

With an alcohol content of 15.5%, the 2018 Hillside Select is a full-bodied wine that showcases both richness and energy in perfect harmony. Its structured tannins offer a promise of longevity, suggesting that this wine will gracefully evolve over time. Aged for an impressive 32 months in 100% new French oak barrels, this Cabernet Sauvignon achieves a seamless texture and an exceptional depth of flavor.

This exceptional wine has garnered critical acclaim, earning 100 points from Jeb Dunnuck, who hailed its incredible purity, precision, and opulence. James Suckling awarded it 99 points, praising its balance, purity, and energy. Wine Advocate bestowed 98 points upon it, highlighting its muscular black fruits and solid tannins. Vinous also recognized its stunning quality, with 98 points, noting its bright acidity and refined elegance. Wine Enthusiast awarded it 97 points, acknowledging its rich texture and flavor-packed profile.

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a wine of immense beauty and complexity. It is a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship of Shafer Vineyards and winemaker Elias Fernandez, capturing the essence of the Stags Leap District in every sip. With its velvety texture, luscious flavors, and promising aging potential, this wine is a true treasure for both collectors and enthusiasts alike.

3 reviews for Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

  1. WA

    Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select displays a deep garnet-purple color. It charges out of the gate with bold crème de cassis, blueberry pie and black cherry preserves notes, plus hints of smoked meats, fragrant earth and tar, with a fragrant waft of violets and Provence herbs. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with muscular black fruits, supported by a solid foundation of firm, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with an enticing herbal lift.

  2. JD

    ncredible purity and precision, as well as opulence, define the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, and this is as good as any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world today. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a thrilling bouquet of pure crème de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, and an incredible minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, seamless texture, ample mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This is classic 2018 Napa Valley with its purity, freshness and precision as well as sensational concentration and perfectly integrated acidity, tannins, and alcohol. It delivers pleasure today yet warrants a solid 4-5 years of bottle age and is going to be a 30- to 40-year wine.

  3. JS

    So much black licorice in this, together with tar, blackcurrants, blackberries and slate. Full-bodied, but very toned and focused, with polish and energy. Extremely fine tannins and wonderful length. All about balance and purity. Gorgeous now, but this will age for decades to come. Great finish. Better after 2026.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 95
Wine Spectator
Frankly ripe but well-focused, with blackberry and creamed boysenberry notes flowing through atop a polished structure, while cocoa and black licorice frame the finish. A subtle hint of sassafras lingers on the finish, adding textural nuance. This has the stuffing to age well, too. Drink now.
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast
Shafer’s iconic, flagship wine is richly textured and flavor packed. It starts with a minty, figgy, bay-leaf aroma before full, ripe, bold black fruits, tobacco and oak spices take over the palate, accompanied by masses of velvety tannins. Excellent depth and concentration will help it age well.
WA 98
Wine Advocate
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select displays a deep garnet-purple color. It charges out of the gate with bold crème de cassis, blueberry pie and black cherry preserves notes, plus hints of smoked meats, fragrant earth and tar, with a fragrant waft of violets and Provence herbs. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with muscular black fruits, supported by a solid foundation of firm, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with an enticing herbal lift.
JD 100
Jeb Dunnuck
Incredible purity and precision, as well as opulence, define the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, and this is as good as any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world today. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a thrilling bouquet of pure crème de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, and an incredible minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, seamless texture, ample mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This is classic 2018 Napa Valley with its purity, freshness and precision as well as sensational concentration and perfectly integrated acidity, tannins, and alcohol. It delivers pleasure today yet warrants a solid 4-5 years of bottle age and is going to be a 30- to 40-year wine.
JS 99
James Suckling
So much black licorice in this, together with tar, blackcurrants, blackberries and slate. Full-bodied, but very toned and focused, with polish and energy. Extremely fine tannins and wonderful length. All about balance and purity. Gorgeous now, but this will age for decades to come. Great finish. Better after 2026.
VIN 98
Vinous
Just as it was from barrel, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is stunning. Bright acids give the 2018 tons of energy. This is an especially mid-weight, refined Hillside Select that is all class. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, mint and blood orange build in the glass. Elegant and bright, the 2018 shows all the energy of the year in spades.

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