1992 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet - 750ml

1992 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet - 750ml

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1992 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet - 95 pts!

Shafer Vineyards is a family-owned wine producer in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. It is particularly known for its Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, regarded as one of the very finest wines in California. With the first wines appearing in 1978, Shafer Vineyards is one of the founding estates of – and a benchmark in quality for – the Stags Leap District AVA. The scores for Hillside Select have been incredibly consistent in the 97 to 100 point range. 

Shafer has around 57 hectares (140 acres) of vines in the Stags Leap District, spread out across several vineyards. The Hillside Estate vineyard has shallow, free-draining soils tha produce small, intensly flavored berries. The best blocks are used to make the Hillside Select, a plummy, cherry-laden wine with ripe tannins that will age well for a decade or more.


Product Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1992
Rating RP95/WS93
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Shafer Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP95 - At the top of this estate's qualitative hierarchy are their Cabernet Sauvignons. I extolled the virtues of the 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select prior to its release, and now that it is in the marketplace, it is as fabulous as I had hoped. It possesses an opaque dark purple color, and a profoundly complex nose of minerals, ripe cassis fruit, cedar, chocolate, and subtle herbs. Full-bodied yet silky, with layers of concentrated, highly extracted fruit, this wine is exceptionally well-balanced, beautifully pure, and already delicious. It is still an infant in terms of development, but I would not fault anybody for wanting to drink it. Anticipated maturity: now-2012. Readers may remember my previous lavish reviews of the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignons. These wines have always been high class, but the quality level since 1991 has pushed Shafer's Hillside Select into an elite grouping of two dozen or so California Cabernet producers. There are 2,000-2,400 cases made of these rich, ageworthy Cabernets. Another of Napa's finest wineries, Shafer has taken full advantage of a succession of superlative vintages during the nineties, producing a powerful portfolio of brilliant wines. Since 1991, just about everything emerging from Shafer Vineyards has been high on buyers' lists. All things considered, Doug and John Shafer are at the top of their game. RP

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator WS93

Burghound

Burghound

Winery Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1992
Rating RP95/WS93
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Shafer Vineyards
Color Red
Production
2000 cases

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