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Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

9.51178 ratings
9.3263 pro ratings
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Jeff Loo

This 2014 has shut down completely. Very little being offered up but with some vigorous swirling, faint hints of purple and black fruit emerge followed by dark chocolate and flowers. Full bodied and robust, this will need a decade in the cellar of a long decant.

This 2014 has shut down completely. Very little being offered up but with some vigorous swirling, faint hints of purple and black fruit emerge followed by dark chocolate and flowers. Full bodied and robust, this will need a decade in the cellar of a long decant.

Jun 14th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Sadly it’s best days are behind it. We kept hoping it might come around with time but it just never did. No detectable flaws, just sadly over the hill i’m afraid.

Sadly it’s best days are behind it. We kept hoping it might come around with time but it just never did. No detectable flaws, just sadly over the hill i’m afraid.

Nov 5th, 2017
Rob Brobst III

@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Big Big Big Wine!

Oct 26th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Last of the blind red wines at this quarter's S&E Wine Club, which for red was either Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or Merlot from either Rutherford or Stags Leap District. Thanks Dad!

Deep and dark ruby red. Tons of sweet spices and black fruits on the nose, so rich. Heavy tannins (7.6/10) and literally melts in your mouth. Well rounded and integrated throughout. Tons of blackberries, cinnamon, and vanilla on the palate, some cigar box too. Full bodied and long finish. Stunning wine as always. Drink till 2030.

Last of the blind red wines at this quarter's S&E Wine Club, which for red was either Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or Merlot from either Rutherford or Stags Leap District. Thanks Dad!

Deep and dark ruby red. Tons of sweet spices and black fruits on the nose, so rich. Heavy tannins (7.6/10) and literally melts in your mouth. Well rounded and integrated throughout. Tons of blackberries, cinnamon, and vanilla on the palate, some cigar box too. Full bodied and long finish. Stunning wine as always. Drink till 2030.

Aug 26th, 2017
Daniel Taub

Young but very enjoyable phenomenal nose and finish

Young but very enjoyable phenomenal nose and finish

3 people found it helpfulDec 5th, 2014
Liz Peer

Full bodied cab with strong berry notes - another birthday winner!

Full bodied cab with strong berry notes - another birthday winner!

2 people found it helpfulAug 10th, 2014
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.6

Super extracted and full of complex flavors. Beautiful deep crimson red. Nose was coated in dark fruits, hint of chalkiness, and definitely some oak influence such as vanilla extract. Complex palate with a ton of dark fruits (creme de cassis and dark berries) and a slightly savory finish. Moderate plus tannins (7/10) that was pretty well integrated with a thick, extracted and full bodied. Long and lingering finish covered with dark berries, but does have some slight heat in the finish. Tastes like a 2010 or younger, definitely not a 2004. Patience will be rewarded with this wine. Drink till 2036.

Super extracted and full of complex flavors. Beautiful deep crimson red. Nose was coated in dark fruits, hint of chalkiness, and definitely some oak influence such as vanilla extract. Complex palate with a ton of dark fruits (creme de cassis and dark berries) and a slightly savory finish. Moderate plus tannins (7/10) that was pretty well integrated with a thick, extracted and full bodied. Long and lingering finish covered with dark berries, but does have some slight heat in the finish. Tastes like a 2010 or younger, definitely not a 2004. Patience will be rewarded with this wine. Drink till 2036.

1 person found it helpfulApr 22nd, 2016
Pam Starr

Owner/Winemaker Crocker & Starr Wines

9.0

Not ready. Big and full of fruit and oak but needs more time. Had this w the Oshaughnessy and Betty won

Not ready. Big and full of fruit and oak but needs more time. Had this w the Oshaughnessy and Betty won

1 person found it helpfulMar 30th, 2015
Jay McInerney

Novelist, Wine Critic Town & Country, Expensive Wino & Gastronaut

9.4

Lush and ripe yes but very precise acidity too. There's Stags leap terroir here. Just starting to reach its maturity

Lush and ripe yes but very precise acidity too. There's Stags leap terroir here. Just starting to reach its maturity

1 person found it helpfulJan 17th, 2015
Jay McInerney

Novelist, Wine Critic Town & Country, Expensive Wino & Gastronaut

9.1

A point. Classic.

A point. Classic.

1 person found it helpfulSep 17th, 2014