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Shafer Hillside Select

The evolution of a classic Napa Cabernet
James Laube
Issue: February 28, 2014

The Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Hillside Select is widely recognized as one of Napa Valley's benchmarks for great wine, but it hardly looked like a star early on. Its rise to prominence reflects the trial-and-error winemaking of the 1970s and 1980s, mirroring the evolution of styles in Napa Valley. Wine Spectator's James Laube explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands January 28, 2014.

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