Shafer Hillside Select is truly an American First growth. It has the production levels, the long history and the quality. A great bottle of wine. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, slight blueberries, char, graphite and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, great texture. Notes of cassis with graphite and char. Deep and complex. Long finish. This is not yet at peak but getting there. Delicious. Drink over the next twenty years. Great on its own, but this will work with hearty foods as well. This would be perfect with brisket.