Showing exquisitely even better than last month. — 17 days ago
This wine was our unanimous winner in our cult Cali blind tasting held back in 2012 against some big hitters, Dominus, Shrader, Shafer Hillside etc. Med bodied in an opulent style with good balance & length showing notes of blackberry, creme de cassis, forest floor, graphite, licorice & violet. — 4 months ago
Signs of seepage around cork, but no ill effects. Full bodied Napa Cab. Rich flavors of plum, cassis & cedar. Mild alcoholic heat on the finish. — 17 days ago
Powerful, very complex. Paired well with chicken，overpowered lobster. ?too complex. — 15 days ago
After a couple months of hiatus, the Friday City Club group was able to get back together (albeit a smaller, more spread out group) for an epic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine, all served blind.
And the hits just keep coming. A total monster. I found this to be the most extracted of the 5 reds. Could smell it five feet away. Dark chocolate dipped blueberries and blackberries, graham cracker, mocha, violets all jump from the glass. Velvet like texture revealing a streak of ripe red fruits and an herbal/mineral like note down the middle of the palate. Dusty. So much beautiful freshness but commanding power here...longest finish of the day. I called this 7-10yr old Napa cab (specifically Shafer Hillside Select). — 2 months ago
2005 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.
Palate- Warm black cherries, plum, blackberries & fresh black currants. Complexed/seamless, remarkably balanced, finishing with great length & depth. Tremendous wine that’s raring to go now. @Mike R Multiple thanks aging for sharing this sensation bottle. — a month ago
From last night. Good stuff. Had with giant NY strip steaks on a Monday night. — a month ago
Exactly what you expect. Huge Napa cab flavors featuring chocolate and rich black fruits. Not something you can drink every day and I generally prefer more restrained styles, but its fun to have a bombastic napa cab every once in a while. — 4 months ago