Parker Retrospectives Give 2001, 2002 and 2003 Hillside Select Vintages Perfect Scores
Wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., recently released the results of his annual retrospective tasting of 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, in which he gave 2003 Hillside Select a score of 100-points.
Parker’s review reads in part: “… It is an utterly perfect wine, surpassing almost everything else made in 2003! It possesses everything one could desire in a Cabernet Sauvignon – minerality, flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, velvety tannins, a skyscraper texture, perfect balance and integration between the acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, all well-concealed by the luxurious nature of this great wine. The finish is endless in this prodigious offering from a great family of grape growers and winemakers. It proves the point that good guys can finish first. This 2003 should continue to drink well for 25-30 years.”
Last year at this time, in his review of 2002 Napa Cabs, Parker reiterated his original 100-point score for 2002 Hillside Select and the year prior in his retrospective tasting he gave 2001 Hillside Select a 100-point score as well.
“Everyone at the winery is very pleased to hear the wines continue to show well with the passage of time,” says Doug Shafer, president, Shafer Vineyards. “Each growing season is different, with its own set of strengths and challenges, and fortunately we have a team here that is deeply dedicated to producing the finest possible wines vintages after vintage.”
The winery’s next release of Hillside Select will be the 2009 vintage, which, in accordance with Shafer tradition will be available for purchase on a walk-in basis beginning Friday, August 30 (2 bottles per purchaser) as long as this very limited allocation lasts.