Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
|Appellation||Stags Leap District|
Wine AdvocateThe flagship wine, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select performed even better this year than last year. A candidate for one of the top â€œwines of the vintage,â€ it reveals beautiful aromas and flavors of grilled meats and herbs intertwined with extravagant amounts of blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice, and charcoal. Extremely full-bodied, pure, deep, and layered, this is another prodigious Hillside Select that should evolve for 25-30 years.
Wine Enthusiast Young, tannic and juicy, filled with sweet blackberry, cherry and cassis flavors, and well oaked, having been aged in 100% new French barrels. Those are the raw facts. The wine itself shows the pedigree of this fine estate, and will no doubt pick up bottle nuances over the years. But it seems to lack the precision of the great 2001, 2003 and 2004 vintages. Try after 2012.
Wine SpectatorFresh, ripe floral, currant and blackberry fruit turns taut and focused, with excellent structure and good length. Fleshes out a bit on the finish, but this is very tight.