Shafer

Background

Shafe's 'Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select' is one of the most famous and sort after 'cult wines' from California's Napa Valley. Its ultra ripe, no-holds-barred flavours might not be to everyone's palate, but one cannot deny the energy and enthusiasm of John Shafer (the founder of the site) and his winemaking team of Doug Shafer (his son) and Elias Fernandez who, in their own words, have been letting "the fruit dictate the style".

Despite several other well-known growers passing on the site back in the late '70s, John Shafer found exactly what he was looking for; hillsides of thin, volcanic soils offering quick drainage. After their well received inaugural vintage in 1978, a string of high scoring successes through the '90s and demand far outstripping the supply of their wines (only 2400 cases are produced each year).

I'm sure many of the growers that originally passed on the site are kicking themselves at an opportunity missed.

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Colour Vintage Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score
Red 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 0 1 £175.00 btls 95
Red 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
mags IB 0 1 £400.00 mags 95
Red 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
mags IB 0 1 £390.00 mags 94
Red 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 0 6 £156.67 btls 93
Red 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 1 0 £2,750.00 cs 94 (RP)
Red 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 1 0 From £3,186.00 cs 100
Red 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 0 6 £183.33 btls 96 (RP)
Red 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Shafer
btls IB 0 6 £245.83 btls 100
Red 2012 Merlot
Shafer
btls IB 1 0 £360.00 cs 91
Red 2012 Merlot
Shafer
mags IB 1 0 £360.00 cs 91
Red 2014 Merlot
Shafer
btls IB 9 0 £450.00 cs 92

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