Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Schafer Hillside Select Wooden Wine Case

Hillside Select is the premier wine of the Schafer vineyard portfolio. Just about every vintage wins awards, receives high accolades and averages 95 points. There's a fairly large production on this single vineyard, but vintages are held back for four years. 

It's possible to buy single bottles of Hillside Select in the open market, but it's unlikely that the original wooden wine case would be included if you bought 6 bottles. This is due to the fact that when a vintage is released it comes complete with the case. Individual bottles for sale at the moment are often the result of cellar liquidations or private buys of incomplete collections. In order to get your hands on an original wine case it will most likely need to be purchased separately from the wine.

Country: USA

Region: California

Sub-Region: Stags Leap, Napa Valley

Established: 1972

Production: Approx. 6,400 cases per year

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Crate design: Extra large flat wooden wine case with an exceptionally detailed picture of the vineyard engraved on the flip-top style lid. Two of the other short sides of the crate are engraved with the vineyard logo lettering.

Rarity: Uncommon due to the fact that Hillside Select is all-Cabernet Sauvignon and designed to be put down for 20 years to peak. This means that most past and future wooden wine cases of Hillside Select will be cellared and saved for either auction or optimal drinking conditions.

Crate designation: Exclusive ($75.00) 

*We don't have any in stock

Our opinion/history: The Hillside Select wooden wine case is highly durable, thick, heavy and ornate. The Stag's Leap region is the birthplace of Napa Cult Wines and everyone loves them. When we're able to acquire 1 or a few of these cases they sell out quickly.

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