WA 96 JS 96 Vinous 94 Pts - According to Robert Parker - "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years."
According to James Suckling - "Extremely minty with dried flowers, dark berries and currants. Full body but refined, with super-integrated tannins. The wood, ripe fruit, tannin and acid balance is beautiful. Wonderful potential here."
According to Antonio Galloni - "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is gorgeous. Shafer fans will delight in a super-expressive, nuanced wine that won't require cellaring to offer its finest drinking. Blue and black fruit, flowers, spices and exotic hint of orange zest all add complexity on the expressive finish. Naturally the 2011 doesn't offer the typical Hillside Select opulence and power, but in exchange it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate."