Shafer Hillside Select Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon,
$176.79-$220.99, 93 points, poured broadly inky black with a blood-red penumbra, clear meniscus, and massive stained glass sheeting.
The nose was lovely lavender, black currants, and savory.
Full-bodied with good acidity and fine grainy tannins delivered flavors reflective of the nose with pomegranate and truffles.
Finished long on a massive alcohol attack (15.5%) of inspirited pepper spices, blackberry liqueur, and licorice.
Having this wine stored in my Euro-cave for the last six years at 55 degrees, I believe, could not overcome the out-of-balance alcohol (JMO), and probably would have been better if had a few years earlier.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon just may have been the biggest disappointment in a wine I've ever bought.
2010 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted
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