Shafer Hillside is a First Growth of American wines. It has a long track record and always outstanding. And, made in quantities that the average wine lover can find. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, graphite, spice, leather and chocolate. Full bodied. Firm tannins. Great, rich texture. This is still drinking young but also it is delicious. Flavors of cassis, blueberries, and slight chocolate with underlying spice and tea leaves. Long finish. This will improve with more cellar time. Either way, it should drink well for another twenty years. This woul
2018 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon "The Leap", USA, California, Napa, Stags Leap, Wine Rev iew
Gorgeous wine that needs a bit of cellar time. This is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Inly purple in color, magenta at the rim, clear and bright. The nose is tight but with air opens to cassis, chocolate, cedar and a scent best described as sauteed onions (unusual but very nice). Firm tannins. Full bodied. Good acidity. On the palate cassis, chocolate, char and a slight chalky note. Great almost seamless texture. A bit of tart raspberries make a delightful finish. This needs a few more years in the cellar or a long decant and the score will undou
Shafer Hillside Select is quite simply a First Growth of Napa Cabernets. Every vintage is always one of the top releases from Napa. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with cassis, smoke, cedar, graphite and dust. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, there is cassis with layers of graphite, cedar and smoke. Nice complexity. This is just about fully mature at this point. Long finish. This is delicious on its own and will work well with roasted meats and veggies. Drink over the next ten to twelve years.
Shafer Hillside is a California First Growth. They produce a lot, every year is amazing quality, and it has a long history. I often say it is the Chateau Lafite Rothschild of Napa. It is expensive but for the consistency and quality, it is fairly priced. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The expressive nose has cassis, cedar, vanilla, blueberries, and graphite. Full bodied. Great texture. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is concentrated. Great energy. Complex and depth. Flavors of cassis, blueberries and slight vanilla. Long finish. This is still youn
Tasted from Magnum. The last note on this vintage, posted on this site was 100 points back in 2018. This may have been better as it is really hitting its stride. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is amazing with cassis, blueberries, licorice, cedar, and spice. Deep with light tannins. On the palate, this is complex. Lots of black cherry and cassis fruit. Underlying minerality and slight smoke. Wonderful lush texture.
2018 Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon Regusci Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Stags Leap District, Wine Review
This is a great bottle of Napa Cabernet even if a bit young. And that, is a great thing about Napa Cabs versus Bordeaux; they drink so well young. Purple in color, opaque and shimmering bright. The nose is great with cassis, slight blueberries, cedar, slight cigar box and spice. Also some char. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, there is lush cassis fruit with some blueberries. Underlying cedar and char. Lots of depth. Great balance. Delicious. Long finish. This will continue to mature for another eight to ten years and drink well for ten to fifteen more after that. Wit
Wow. This is in a great place right now (and has been for a while). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is classic, Californian, and amazing. Cassis, blueberries, pencil lead, spice and slight chocolate. Amazing texture. Full bodied. Racy yet, powerful. There are light to medium tannins. At age 12, this is still not yet at full maturity. Flavors of cassis, blueberries, slight chocolate and char. Great balance. Long finish. One of the great wines of the world.
This is from the Regusci vineyard. It is a step up from the regular Napa bottling. Purple in color, ruby at the rim but inky at the core. The nose is tight despite being open for a while. Cassis, blueberries, a bit of anise with some air. Also some sandalwood. On the palate, this is delicious. Slightly sweet fruit. Cassis, black cherries intertwined with anise and spice. A long and persistent finish. Very tannic right now, this should need about seven to ten years to get to peak but if drinking sooner, a few hours in a decanter. Certainly some upside here with cellaring. Drinkin
2010 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Actaeon Quixote Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Stags Leap, Wine Review
This wine seems to be hitting a nice stride. Certainly a long life left depending on how you like your Cabs. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, some spice, a little chocolate, and slight blueberries. On the palate, this is dense and concentrated. A little jammy. Cassis, slight plums, blueberries and also a bit of dry earth and char. Medium tannins. Deep with some complexity as it unwinds in the glass. Delicious. Nice finish. May improve a bit but it is outstanding right now.