Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

RRP £336

The alcohol is noticeable on the early palate. There’s a classic tarry nose, then blackcurrant coulis getting chewy as the palate works through. This has the charm of all the Hillside Selects, but the hot year (‘We couldn’t get the grapes off soon enough’) dumbs it down, and it finishes simpler than you’d expect, ‘the whole character shifting to black,’ as Shafer says, ‘with those notes of blackcurrant confection’.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Drink dates

2022 - 2030

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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