A person made this. It will restore your faith in humanity. This is consistently one of the best wines from Stag's Leap, one of the best AVAs in Napa Valley. Shafer's Hillside Select gives you all the depth you...
This wine exhibits a ripe melon & pineapple core with butterscotch, butter & heavy cream, baking spice & vanilla extract. Full body, medium acid, medium length in this pleasant, but typical, upscale California Chardonnay. Guests at the Palate Press Grand Tasting gave this an average score of 3.2 out of 5 stars. Drink with lobster and corn chowder.
This deeply opaque Syrah blend spent 30 months in very tightly grained new French oak. It is already terrific and has years ahead of it. Tannins are very sweet. Flavors comes in waves, with tremendous depth. Blackberries are the lead dark fruit among several, along with the meaty/smoky flavors of the crisp end of a prime rib, including the rub of leafy spices like sage and rosemary. Excellent, and very highly recommended.
This is a well-balanced and luxurious Chardonnay. It is made with 25% in stainless steel and 75% in new medium-toast French Oak. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was rich and creamy but clean, with good acids and without the distinct dark toast that seems trendy in Napa Chardonnay. Flavors were several different types of apples, from fresh green apples to slightly baked Pink Ladies, pears, and a touch of citrus. The finish was long.
Shafer Vineyards made a generous contribution of a 3.0 liter bottle of 2004 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select, retail value $1032.00. As Andy Dembsky, from Shafer, said to me when he told me about it, "A big need calls for a big bottle." Thank you Andy, and thank you to everybody at Shafer.