Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shafer Hillside Select Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon




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.

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2 comments:

  1. Disappointment? 93? I'm confused.

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    1. VG: There was much to like about this wine; relative to QPR though, made this a 'big' failure for me. The 2007 was wonderful, but of course a different wine, and six years old vs. eight years old.
      Hope that helps.

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