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2008 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Napa Valley
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About Shafer Vineyards

At one point in his life, John Shafer worked in the publishing industry. Now he is responsible for a slew of eye-popping scores from Robert Parker, and the making of one of Napa Valley’s greatest Cabernets...

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2008 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Napa Valley

Producer: Shafer Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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93(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(15.5% alcohol; 100% cabernet sauvignon):  Good bright, full ruby.  Blackberry, black cherry, mocha and chocolatey oak on the almost liqueur-like nose.  Plush, densely packed and slightly high-toned, but with surprising acidity to energize the very ripe flavors of black raspberry, licorice, coffee, mocha and spices.  Finishes with substantial ripe, dusty tannins and compelling early sweetness.  Still, I'd want to hold this for at least a few years.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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