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JD
100
Jeb Dunnuck
JS
99
James Suckling
RP
98+
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
WS
95
Wine Spectator
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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2018

Product description

100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

Incredible purity, precision, and opulence define the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, which is as good as any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world today. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a thrilling bouquet of pure creme de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, and an incredible minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, seamless texture, ample mid-palate depth, and a great finish. 

99 Points - James Suckling

So much black licorice in this, together with tar, blackcurrants, blackberries and slate. Full-bodied but very toned and focused, with polish and energy. Extremely fine tannins and wonderful length. All about balance and purity. Gorgeous now, but this will age for decades to come. Great finish. 

98+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select displays a deep garnet-purple colour. It charges out of the gate with bold crème de cassis, blueberry pie, and black cherry preserves notes, plus hints of smoked meats, fragrant earth and tar, with a fragrant waft of violets and Provence herbs. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with muscular black fruits, supported by a solid foundation of the firm, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with an enticing herbal lift.

95 Points - Wine Spectator

Frankly ripe but well-focused, blackberry and creamed boysenberry notes flow through a polished structure, while cocoa and black licorice frame the finish. A subtle hint of sassafras lingers on the finish, adding textural nuance. This has the stuffing to age well, too.