Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2012

Shafer Vineyards

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2012


Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
rot, trocken
15,5% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2022–2054
Verpackt in: 6er OHK
voluminös & kräftig
Lobenberg: 98–100/100
Parker: 100/100
Wine Enthusiast: 98/100
Suckling: 97–98/100
Winespectator: 96/100
Galloni: 96/100
USA, Californien
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2012


Lobenberg: Hochkonzentrierte Frucht, dunkle Beeren, Schokolade und Johannisbeeraromen. Dicht und seidig und lang. Einer der größten Weine der Welt und ein Monument des kalifornischen Weinbaus, zusammen mit dem Monte Bello von Ridge der langfristig vielleicht beste Rotwein der USA. 98-100/100


Parker über: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

-- Parker: Shafer’s flagship wine, and one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignons, is the Hillside Select, which comes from the rocky, volcanic soils on hillsides above the winery. Vineyard production is small, and the wine an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 100% new oak for 32 months and bottled unfiltered, this can generally be expected to be one of the top dozen or so Cabernet Sauvignons in virtually any vintage in Napa, and certainly possesses 25 to possibly 50 years of aging potential. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a perfect wine. It elicits more than a few “wows” when you smell the incredible notes of charcoal, graphite and subtle toast, buttressed and dominated by blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry fruit. The purity of these fruits, the multidimensional mouthfeel, the seamless integration of acid, alcohol, tannin and wood are all flawless. The 2012 signature adds an extravagant opulence and density that is just mind-boggling, and the wine is a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on already, although it has 30+ years of life ahead of it. 100/100


Wine Enthusiast über: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

-- Wine Enthusiast: he highly sought-after, perennially beautiful and brawny Hillside Select is 100% estate grown and 100% varietal. It wows after three years in barrel, painting a lush picture of tobacco, tea and firm, integrated tannin dusted in smoky clove scents. Intensely peppery, its youthful blackberry and cherry flavors shine through but will benefit from even more time in bottle, through 2032. 98/100


Suckling über: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

-- Suckling: This red has such glorious aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, flowers and cedar. Mint too. This is mouth-filling and rich yet balanced and fresh. The fruit covers the tannins now, but hold on. Turns to berries and spices. So complex and complete. A classic Hillside Select. Barrel sample. 97-98/100


Winespectator über: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

-- Winespectator: -- WS: Amazing from first sip to last, this is remarkably complex, layered and textured, smooth and supple, with a seductive creamy mocha oak presence to the long, expansive aftertaste, where the flavors cascade on top of one another and excite with anise and cedar. Drink now through 2032. 96/100


Galloni über: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

-- Galloni: Shafer's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is deep, unctuous and super-expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, new leather, menthol and pomegranate are some of the many notes that infuse this heady, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 is not quite as opulent in this tasting as it has been in the past, but I imagine it most likely going through a somewhat close phase. This is textbook modern Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its best. 96/100

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Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vinyards im Stags Leap District ist zweifellos eine der amerikanischen Vorzeige-Stories schlechthin. John R. Shafer hing in den frühen 70er Jahren mit 50 seinen alten Bürojob als Marketing-Experte an den Nagel und wollte Wein machen.

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select