Hillside Select is one of Napa's blue chip wines, one you can count on increasing in value, with bottles from every past vintage since 2000 (except for 2006) currently selling for $300-$600. 2011 is a small vintage for Shafer and we're only alloctated 6 bottles of this 96 point gem for this year, one of Parker's top 10 Cabernets for the year.
96 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years."
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