From the first of two outstanding back-to-back vintages for Shafer, this intense, positively flamboyant wine is at once both wonderfully deep and extracted yet is surprisingly polished in feel. It shows the top notes of milk chocolate that characterize later Hillside Select bottlings and has an impression of fatness that only full ripeness can bring. Firmed by a fine spine of tannins, it is rounding into shape beautifully right now …
Good medium red. Enticing lift to the aromas of redcurrant, black pepper, sage, mint, spices and flowers. Concentrated and fresh if not hugely expansive, conveying a slightly aggressive quality to its nicely delineated flavors of plum, redcurrant, spices and herbs. The tannins are firm but fairly sweet, and the finish persistent. This wine held up nicely in the glass. This vintage began with a cold, rainy flowering and irregular clusters, and the estate did extensive work to even out the ripeness of the fruit. (ST)
A subtle, well-balanced style that weaves together complex tobacco, cigar box, currant and spice flavors. Turns beefy, with leather, mineral and sage notes and firm tannins.
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