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Prestigious European Tasting Panel Ranks Hillside Select a Top Wine Among 2001 California and Bordeaux Vintages

October, 2006, Napa Valley – In a recent blind tasting in Paris, Grand Jury Européen evaluated 30 wines from the 2001 vintage. Half the wines were from California, half from Bordeaux.

The Jury ranked Shafer’s 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon the number two wine of the tasting. Other wines included Chateau Margaux, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Latour, Harlan Estate, Bryant Family Estate, and more.

Fewer than half of the tasters could identify if Hillside Select was a Bordeaux or California wine.

The jury of 13 included 12 panelists from European countries and one from the U.S.

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The Grand Jury Européen is a non-profit making organization based in Luxembourg and was set up by enophile Francois Mauss in 1996. It is a body of wine tasters who aim to provide wine enthusiasts with an alternative to the rating of wines by individual critics.