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1999 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

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RATINGS

97Robert M. Parker Jr.

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the finest wines of the vintage...There is stunning intensity, tremendous purity, full body, and a remarkable, seamless finish

97Wine Spectator

A monumental wine, bold, rich, smooth and concentrated, with layers of ripe black cherry, currant, plum, anise and blackberry. A mix of ultraripe fruit with a measure of elegance and finesse, its tannins are supple and seamless...

94Stephen Tanzer

...aromas of currant, tobacco, coffee, chocolate and maple syrup. Sweet, lush and suave, with a floral aspect...vibrant, juicy quality....Really spreads out to coat the palate. Finishes with big, sweet, broad tannins and a mineral note.

18Jancis Robinson

...The nose is extremely ripe with suggestions of prunes in armagnac...very robust and the tannins crowd in on the back palate at this stage. Lots of terroir influence..a BIG wine but it's well made and should turn into a lovely adolescent.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District AVA in southern Napa Valley has a storied history. It is home to Stag’s Leap Cellars, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Judgment of Paris blind tasting that included several of Bordeaux’s most exalted First Growths. Vineyards were started in area in the late 19th century, but the district’s rise in prestige started in the late 1960s when Nathan Fay planted Cabernet Sauvignon. Fay later sold his estate to Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Cellars. The district was given its own AVA designation in 1989, and today there are 1,400 vineyard acres. The AVA is especially notable because it was the first in the U.S. to be granted AVA status based on terroir. Its distinctive soils is a mix of volcanic soils, river sediment and loamy clay-like soil. Because the soils don’t retain water well, vineyards in Stag’s Leap tend to grow fruit with great intensity and flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 95% of the grapes planted in Stags Leap.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.