Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.
Looks like I had this wine about three years ago and my experience was pretty much the same. This is hedonistic and powerful Napa cab at its best. My first guess when trying it was Aussie Shiraz...it has such a rich and decadent profile with espresso, blue and black fruits, dark chocolate, and sweet smoke, but it had a peppery/smoked meat note at the finish which took me to Australia Shiraz. However, the longer it opened, the more smooth it got, displaying cassis, currant, baked mixed berry pie all in an opulent profile. To my credit, I called this Shafer Hillside Select but I also mentioned high end Aussie Shiraz. — 15 days ago
Probably still a little early to open, but got a couple more to hold. Rarely made let alone found
A blend of,
Red rock terrace
Shafer without the nose, in my top 10 Cabernet ever.
Coming up on bottle 2,000 on delectable🤔 time to start planning — 5 days ago
Delicious Syrah blend — 17 days ago
Exceptionally balanced. Rich fruit with layered mouth fell. Med/long finish with excellent depth. More complexity than the shafer but not as balanced. — a month ago
1984 2014 Malbec - Elias Fernandez and Doug Shafer. This is a beautiful Malbec. Wow. Dark cherry and blackberry and blueberry fruit. Butter, butter, and more butter. Spicy vanilla chocolate bliss!!!!! A little cigar box and dark soilvThe finish is so silky smooth! I may drink the entire bottle myself... — 25 days ago
Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.
If you want decadent and powerful, this is your huckleberry. This was so good! Where the Futo was high toned and lifted in profile, this was more dense and all encompassing. The glass smelled of fondue dipped black cherries, blueberries, fresh squeezed blackberries, baking spices like cinnamon and vanilla, with some savory graphite just at the end. It’s a total flavor bomb (in a good way) on the palate because of how focused it is. Nothing stewed, overripe or flabby. Creme de cassis, dark chocolate, cedar, cascading dark fruits toward the finish. Big structure but so nimble. This reminds me of Shafer HSS. Nice bottle @Weston Eidson . — 23 days ago