Red wine

Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

RRP £175

Mighty flavours leap out of the glass, pure memories of the long hot summer: violet perfume, damson, cedar and Napa garrigue (richer and more exotic than the Mediterranean version). The palate is full, fresh, bright and powerful. It still carries primary dark fruit flavours; it’s meaty and savoury and, above all, quite charming. Shafer: ‘It was hard to get fruit-set. The tannins can be astringent.’ Brown adds that the wine is ‘like a person with lots of life experience, but fun with it.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

0%

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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