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Long before we saw big, lush, soft wines in Bordeaux, they were already the norm in Napa. In the ‘90s and ‘00s, in particular this filled a niche for wine drinkers seeking this style to drink young with their fullest punch. Shafer Hillside Select was a staple, and with five 100/100 scores from the Wine Advocate, and a Wine of the Year gong from the Wine Spectator, their status as a Napa Cult Cab was firmly established. I recall drinking some of the ‘90s vintages in London in the ‘00s and being very impressed by the quality.

In 2008 and 2009 I ran a series of tastings exploring ‘Napa Pioneers’ – verticals of the key estates running back to vintages in the ‘50s and ‘60s, to see how they aged, and how the styles evolved over time. Those tastings taught those of us who attended the amazing capacity for high quality examples to age well. But we didn’t include Shafer’s now iconic ‘Hillside Select’ in that series, so it is with some excitement and anticipation that we get to address that omission this evening.

John Shafer (1924-2019), formerly a publishing executive from Chicago, became one of Napa Valley’s true pioneers at the age of 48. He was an early advocate of the riper style that became de rigueur by the late ‘90s. He was a champion, along with Warren Winiarski and others, of the special qualities of the Stag’s Leap District, leading to the creation of that AVA. And he was a great philanthropist and supporter of the Napa community.

Shafer began estate-bottling in 1978, and ‘Hillside Select’ – the reserve label, from poor volcanic soil sites – began with the 1983. John’s son Doug Shafer joined that year, and became president in 1994. And, Elias Fernandez joined as assistant winemaker in 1984, and became winemaker in 1994. This combination was to seal their success, with father John promoting the wine.

This evening’s dinner will provide us with 12 vintages through which to get to know what Shafer Hillside Select is all about, but note too that all of them will show how this label matures in bottle – our range covers vintages 16 to 32 years old.

Hmmm… and how can we make this the perfect evening? Sushi? Some macrobiotic wonder, perhaps? Nope. This evening calls for a more carnal response to the fullness of the wines – I’m very much looking forward to the food and experience at Prohibition. Note however  – this rare vertical is single-bottle only, so places are very limited. Please don’t dilly-dally if you want to join! ☺

The menu and wine list:

Shafer Vineyard Hillside Select
1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003

Beef Tartare
Slow-Cooked Egg Yolk & Potato Chips 
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Barley Risotto
Smoked Burrata & Apple Hickory Bacon
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Grilled M5 Australian Wagyu Striploin
Classic Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables
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Artisanal Cheese Platter

Shafer Hillside Select Vertical - Prohibition (HK)
葡萄酒宴
日期 2019年6月25日
時間 19:00
地點 Prohibition Grill House and Cocktail Bar (Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong Ocean Park, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen)
門票 HKD 4,300 per person
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活動酒單

年份 葡萄酒 容量 分數
1987 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA88
1989 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA91
1990 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA92
1992 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA95
1993 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA90
1994 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA96
1996 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA93
1997 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA96
1998 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA95
1999 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA97
2002 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA100
2003 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml WA100

可供選購的酒

年份 葡萄酒 容量 規格 數量(單位) 數量(瓶) 每瓶價格(港幣) 分數 位置
1993 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750 BOTTLE 3 3 2,600 WA90 HK
1996 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750 BOTTLE 8 8 2,800 WA98 HK
1998 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750 BOTTLE 4 4 2,600 WA95 HK
1999 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750 BOTTLE 14 14 2,800 WA97 HK
1993 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,600 / BTL 3 BTL available
容量
750
數量(單位)
3
數量(瓶)
3
每瓶價格(港幣)
2,600
分數
WA90
位置
HK
1996 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,800 / BTL 8 BTL available
容量
750
數量(單位)
8
數量(瓶)
8
每瓶價格(港幣)
2,800
分數
WA98
位置
HK
1998 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,600 / BTL 4 BTL available
容量
750
數量(單位)
4
數量(瓶)
4
每瓶價格(港幣)
2,600
分數
WA95
位置
HK
1999 Shafer Vineyards - Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,800 / BTL 14 BTL available
容量
750
數量(單位)
14
數量(瓶)
14
每瓶價格(港幣)
2,800
分數
WA97
位置
HK
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