Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

RRP £208

‘The year of fire and ice,’ as it was called. A rollercoaster vintage, with 28 days of frost in a row in March and April, then ferocious heat spikes in August. Shafer says, ‘We did okay, but Mother Nature drove the boat on this one.’ The nose is grassy, with hints of freshly washed cotton. The flavours are primary, blackcurrant with cream, grassy flavours persisting on the palate, dense and peppery. Shafer again: ‘Dust, slate and resin.’ Not nearly ready. I’d pick up a corkscrew in 2022.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Drink dates

2022 - 2042

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Sub-region

Napa Valley AVA

Area

Stags Leap District AVA

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

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