Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.532 ratings
9.69 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Hillside Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. Deep Ruby with purple edges, pronounced aromas of red/black fruits, with hints of cedar, floral, oak & spice. On the palate flavors of concentrated ripe blackberry with cherry and raspberry preserves, pepper spice, leather and savory fine tannins, well balanced and absolutely decadent. Long finish, great structure ending with fruit, spice and earthy mineral character. Truly an outstanding Cab! Will age well! Tasting Sample

Hillside Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. Deep Ruby with purple edges, pronounced aromas of red/black fruits, with hints of cedar, floral, oak & spice. On the palate flavors of concentrated ripe blackberry with cherry and raspberry preserves, pepper spice, leather and savory fine tannins, well balanced and absolutely decadent. Long finish, great structure ending with fruit, spice and earthy mineral character. Truly an outstanding Cab! Will age well! Tasting Sample

Dec 25th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2005 Shafer ‘Hillside Select’ Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to hit its upper register at now the fourteen year mark. The tertiary notes entice aromatically with its wild mushroom and damp earth tones that combine with the dense core of dark fruits and cocoa powder on this exotic bouquet. Silky smooth throughout, the 2005 ‘Hillside Select’ glides effortlessly across the mid-palate, unveiling its gorgeous mouthfeel and texture. Blackberry cobbler and mocha flavors mingle with the lovely earthy and tertiary tones on the palate. Fantastic now, the 2005 ‘Hillside Select’ is starting to peak and should drink well for at least another ten years. Drink 2019-2032- 95

The 2005 Shafer ‘Hillside Select’ Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to hit its upper register at now the fourteen year mark. The tertiary notes entice aromatically with its wild mushroom and damp earth tones that combine with the dense core of dark fruits and cocoa powder on this exotic bouquet. Silky smooth throughout, the 2005 ‘Hillside Select’ glides effortlessly across the mid-palate, unveiling its gorgeous mouthfeel and texture. Blackberry cobbler and mocha flavors mingle with the lovely earthy and tertiary tones on the palate. Fantastic now, the 2005 ‘Hillside Select’ is starting to peak and should drink well for at least another ten years. Drink 2019-2032- 95

Nov 19th, 2019
Mike R
9.3

WNH Iowa and Saturday night

WNH Iowa and Saturday night

May 25th, 2019
Martin G Rivard

My brother in-law,Bob, standing next to me in blue brought this beauty to the party last night: 2010 Shafer Hillside Select.
What an incredibly well made wine with nuances and layers which seemed endless! We kept talking about this wine all night! What a great side by side comparison it was against the 2009 Chateau L'Evangile! 100 point Bourdeaux & 100 point Cali !!!
I picked up a super faint nose of petrol which intrigue the hell out of me all night! It was awesomeness in a glass!! The palate was gorgeous with highlights of dark fruit, vanilla and a little bit of minerality which was perfectly intertwined into the body of this beauty. The finish was long and strong.
Thank you Bob for sharing this beauty from your cellar in celebration of Christine's Birthday!!

My brother in-law,Bob, standing next to me in blue brought this beauty to the party last night: 2010 Shafer Hillside Select.
What an incredibly well made wine with nuances and layers which seemed endless! We kept talking about this wine all night! What a great side by side comparison it was against the 2009 Chateau L'Evangile! 100 point Bourdeaux & 100 point Cali !!!
I picked up a super faint nose of petrol which intrigue the hell out of me all night! It was awesomeness in a glass!! The palate was gorgeous with highlights of dark fruit, vanilla and a little bit of minerality which was perfectly intertwined into the body of this beauty. The finish was long and strong.
Thank you Bob for sharing this beauty from your cellar in celebration of Christine's Birthday!!

Jun 11th, 2017
John Adams

Blue and dark fruits - blueberry and currants, cinnamon and chocolate. Even in an off year this wine delivers.

Blue and dark fruits - blueberry and currants, cinnamon and chocolate. Even in an off year this wine delivers.

Jan 21st, 2020
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Shafer & James Worthy!

Shafer & James Worthy!

Nov 16th, 2019
John Adams

See prior notes. Enjoyed my last bottle with good friends and an excellent ribeye

See prior notes. Enjoyed my last bottle with good friends and an excellent ribeye

Oct 30th, 2019
John Adams

Drinking beautifully especially after witnessing the cork crumble in front of my eyes. It has black fruits, smoke, musty earthiness, rawhide leather and mocha ...worth drinking now or over the next 5-6 years...not sure what its future is after that

Drinking beautifully especially after witnessing the cork crumble in front of my eyes. It has black fruits, smoke, musty earthiness, rawhide leather and mocha ...worth drinking now or over the next 5-6 years...not sure what its future is after that

Sep 27th, 2019
Neal Krishna Devaraj

Jammy juicy. Honeycomb wooden crates. Fantastic taste. Nice finish. Leather

Jammy juicy. Honeycomb wooden crates. Fantastic taste. Nice finish. Leather

Aug 12th, 2019