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Shafer Vineyards 2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Shafer Vineyards 2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $215

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Stag’s Leap District), California

Varietal: 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 2,400 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent

Tasting Notes: While it’s always a good idea to cellar wine for a bit to give all of its components a chance to meld together and express themselves, the¬†Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon can age for much longer. It is aged for three years in the barrel and another year in the bottle before release, so you can experience its vivacity and complexity immediately. Longtime Shafer Vineyards winemaker Elias Fernandez pulls another winner with the 2006 Hillside Select. Its fragrant nose bursts with black fruit, smoke and pepper aromas that continue long on the palate. Sturdy tannins provide depth and structure.

Food Pairings: Grilled or roasted lamb, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or caramelized

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