Red wine

Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

RRP £478

A renowned vintage: the summer was temperate and conditions just about ideal. The ’97 Hillside is considered a tour de force, and it regularly scores in the very high 90s. Critics have eulogised its magisterial weight and soaring flavours. The nose has classic leather and earth flavours; on the palate, the fruit is splendid, restrained at first then opulent damson and ripe plum, blackberry and high floral notes. Elegant, washed with cataracts of juice in the mid-palate and finishing fresh and bright. But a niggling doubt remains on second taste. Are those tannins going to get any sweeter? To my mind, they are drying, not dry, and I wonder whether they are already on their downward trajectory.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

0%

Drink dates

2020 - 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