Red wine

Shafer, Hillside Select 1988

RRP 248 per bottle
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Tasted on
01/03/2019
Tasted by
Adam Lechmere
Dave Allen
Romain Bourger
Alistair Viner
Tasted in
London

What you might call a great expression of old-fashioned new-wave California. Under the late John Shafer and his son Doug, the excellent Hillside Select has changed little in style over the years. The nose on the 88 is creamy and opulent with notes of sweet tobacco and fig; it’s definitely aged – there are hints of river mud in the aroma – but its acidity is sprightly yet. Napa purists sometimes criticise it for being too sweet, but that’s mere cavilling – this is a world-class wine.

Drinking Window
2019 - 2028
Colour
Red
Wine Style
Still
Alcohol
13.5%
Country
USA
Region
California
Sub-region
Napa Valley AVA
Bottle size
75cl
Grape Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon