Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 1998

RRP £317

The ’98 is radically different from its predecessor; the vintage was cool, late and ‘difficult’, Shafer says. Deep colour, with a fine pink rim. The nose is restrained and shy, before classic depth reveals itself. On the palate there are classic flavours from juicy fresh blackcurrant to damson, very ripe plum and dark chocolate. It doesn’t have the power of some but it is charming with fine, sinewy tannins. Shafer again: ‘We didn’t get the big voluptuous expression. There is plenty there, but it is all very subtle.’

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Drink dates

2020 - 2035

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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