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Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Vivino Users, (4.6)
"Excellent structure and bold dark fruit flavors. Would definitely drink again."
Wine Advocate
James Suckling
Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Panel

Nestled in Napa’s Stag’s Leap zone, the Shafer homestead has been vineyard since the 1880s, something founder John Shafer couldn’t resist! Since 1972 Shafer and team have cultivated these treasured hillsides, and produced stunning wines to match! In 1983, John's son, Doug, joined his father in the winery making Shafer a family owned and operated winery.  

About the wine

What makes the Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon so special is its magical combination of aging potential and meticulously managed vineyard in Napa Valley most desired region. Their wines are from the heart of the stunning Stag’s Leap District. 

Winemaker's Notes: 
"The 2014 vintage opens with an aromatic wave of deep, intense fruit and spices such as black plum, blackberry pie filling, cassis, and anise, along with nutmeg, dark toast, and dried rose petals. The energy in the nose is just as dramatic in the mouth with open, beautiful ripeness, mocha, briar fruit, pomegranate, baking spice, and ripe tannins that collectors will recognize as offering the promise of sensational things to come in the cellar."

Winemaker: Elias Fernandez
Appellation: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA
 - 98/100, Wine Advocate
 - 97/100,
James Suckling
 - 97/100, Jeb Dunnuck
 - 97/100, Wine Enthusiast
 - 96/100, Tasting Panel
 - 94/100, Wine & Spirits
 - 93/100, Wine Spectator
 - 4.6/5.0, Vivino Users
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 15.5%


4.6 Vivino Users (218 Ratings)
"Full body with a beautiful complexity and rich mature tannins. Layers of texture and refinement excite the tongue. The wine talks to the palate from the front to the back." - John C.

98 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep inky-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is incredibly intense and impactful on the nose, revealing notes of crushed black cherries, blackberries and fresh black currants with underlying notions of charcoal, sautéed herbs, black soil, chargrilled meat and pencil lead, plus a waft of violets. Very full-bodied, very rich and wonderfully concentrated, the wall of fruit is well matched by a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and depth. Rating: 98+
97 Points, James Suckling
A fascinating nose of licorice, tarte tartin, blackcurrant compote, orange rind, ivy, holly, pine needles, ash, Christmas cake and even raspberry cheesecake as well as a slight minty/herbal note. The palate is so well-knit but powerful; it's the sort of wine that takes no prisoners. Yet the vintage shines through, and it remains always fresh and balanced. Layers upon layers of fruit and a long, decadent finish.
97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Lastly, the flagship 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (the only vintage where it wasn’t 100% was in 1984, when it included 9% Cabernet Franc) brought up all in high-class French oak. A textbook example of the balanced nature of the 2014 vintage, it offers a complex bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, and subtle minerality. Finesse-driven yet powerful on the palate, with full-bodied richness, its tannin structure is perfectly integrated into the wine, it has notable purity and freshness, and a great finish. It’s relatively approachable by this cuvée’s standard but has another 20-30 years of longevity ahead of it.
97 Points, Wine Enthusiast
The famous wine lives up to its mighty reputation in this vintage. Densely packed in tones of red currant, cassis and cocoa powder, the palate offers a sublime texture that lingers despite an overall powerful punch of structure and tannin. Elements of crushed rock and black licorice unfold on the finish. Enjoy from 2024–2034.
Cellar Selection
96 Points, Tasting Panel
The lush berry nose precedes a velvety and rich palate of ripe plum, vanilla, toast, and tangy acidity. A masterpiece of restraint and generosity, this makes an impression that lingers beyond its lasting favors.
94 Points, Wine & Spirits
John Shafer helped define the voice of Stags Leap District cabernet sauvignon with the early releases from the knolls he and his son, Doug, planted under the escarpment in southeastern Napa Valley. The first release, from 1978, was dark, layered and rich, soft enough that people questioned him about how much merlot there was in the blend. The cabernet went on to become a cult phenomenon in the 1990s, and Elias Fernandez, who has made the wine since the early 1980s, continued to push the limits of richness and ripeness, even as his other cabernet (One Point Five) remained relatively restrained. While we regularly recommend One Point Five, our panels have passed on the recent releases of Hillside Select since 2010. Then this 2014 came along, integrated in its richness, merlot-like in its graceful power, with zesty fruit one panelist described as “fresh crushed marionberries and blackberries.” That freshness was still intact three days later, the fruit lasting as it infused the tannins with color. If you loved the early vintages of Hillside Select (think 1978 or 1991 for two great examples), and even if you loved the most recent heady styles, this is a 2014 you’ll want in your cellar.
93 Points, Wine Spectator
This shows the dark sage and tobacco edge of the vintage, with a core of gently steeped plum and blackberry fruit emerging slowly. Smoky details pervade the finish, which displays a serious bolt of graphite. Best from 2021 through 2036.

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