Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - Toast Wines by Taste
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Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
SKU: 22462

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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750ml
$339.99

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Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
The 2015 vintage gave us smaller berries packed with an immensity of pure, opulent aromas and flavors. This rich, polished hillside Cabernet Sauvignon overflows with briary black fruit, juicy black cherry, racy dried cranberry, black licorice, and freshly cracked pepper with elegant touches of cedar, baking spice, and wet stone. The finish is generous and persistent, while the tannins are ripe and integrated offering both a pleasurable experience now and the kind of structure that promises even more beauty with time.
Jeb Dunnuck
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I was able to taste four vintages of the estate's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, their Hillside Select. This first growth-like cuvée was first made in 1978 and always comes from their estate Hillside Vineyard just above their estate in Stags Leap. This is a 54-acre south-facing, amphitheater-like vineyard of thin, rocky, volcanic soils. Today the cuvée is always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spends upwards of 32 months in new French oak. It is consistently one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. Starting with their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, it boasts a deep, saturated purple hue as well as a heavenly bouquet of sweet blueberry and cassis fruits interwoven with plenty of graphite, tobacco, and lead pencil notes, with ample minerality emerging with time in the glass. This was a hot, low-yielding vintage for Napa, and while this beauty is massively concentrated, it's also silky and seamless, with great tannins, no sense of over-ripeness or heaviness, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute. This is a brilliant, incredibly sexy wine to enjoy over the coming 30-40 years.

January 31, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
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Having spent three years in barrel, this 100% varietal wine (from the producer's famous hillside) is brawny in concentrated black fruit, Christmas spice and thick, firm tannin. A dusty thread of crushed rock, black licorice and flint provide exotic accents to the velvety thick grip. This will do well over time; enjoy best from 2025-2030.

Virginie Boone, May 1, 2020
Vinous
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The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a total knock-out. Given the heat and tiny yields of the year, one might reasonably expect a big wine; this, however, has really grown into an elegant, polished Cabernet. Silky, perfumed and rich, the 2015 is exquisitely beautiful, super-elegant and expressive. Gorgeous dark red/purplish fruit, floral and spice inflections lead into the beautifully persistent finish.

Antonio Galloni, January 2020

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Adult Signature is required for every shipment.

For walk-in customers: Please call ahead of time to make sure the item you are seeking is in stock. Any product you see on our website is available for online orders and pickup orders, but it does not mean that it is physically in the store at all times.

Product availability, price, and wine vintages are subject to change anytime. Customers will be notified before processing the order in that scenario.

The estimated time of delivery is only accurate when the product being ordered is in stock at the store. If it is out of stock, shipping may take 1-2 more business days (even if faster options like overnight shipping are selected).

The description/title of each product on our website is the most accurate form of information for you to trust. If you see a difference between the description and the picture of the bottle(s) provided, the description is most likely the more accurate form of information. Sometimes a product's image is in the process of being updated, which is why we strongly advise our customers to order by the title of the product rather than relying on the picture of the bottle. If you have any questions about a specific product, please call and we will happily answer all of your questions. Thank you.