Red wine

Shafer Vineyards, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

RRP £316

I love these symmetrical pairings, yin and yang, frost and fire: after the rot and misery of 2011 comes possibly the best vintage of the decade. Lovely aromatics, though shy. (But you’re not going to be opening a bottle for a decade, so why worry about the nose?) Bright and fresh, the fruit is still in the green spectrum: tobacco leaf and sap, some dark plum skin, still quite austere but with fine acidity and tannin. Everything in place for a long life. Shafer calls it a ‘powerhouse. 2007 was like this when it was young. Put this baby away.’

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

0%

Drink dates

2024 - 2044

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