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Shafer Cabernet Hilside Select 1997

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Hillside Select is made of 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from rugged hillside vineyard blocks on our Stags Leap District Estate. Truly a “wine of a place,” this Cabernet exemplifies the extraordinary richness and suppleness consistently produced in our little valley within a valley. Still a monster with big mouthfeel, very dark color, lots of chocolate and dark fruit. Showing signs of moving past the stage of primary fruit with cedar, tea and tobacco moving toward center stage. In a couple of years this wine should transition deliciously into the full beauty of age. A long finish of chocolate, vanilla and spice all surrounded by the classic silky tannins of the Stags Leap District.

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Shafer Vineyards:
From a modest beginning of 1,000 cases in 1978, the winery has grown steadily until reaching its present size of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Today Shafer wines are available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets.

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Snooth User: poppop200
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5.00 5
11/23/2007

House&Garden, Oct 2007


Snooth User: KFAEHN
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2.00 5
03/25/2009

Two glasses


External Reviews for Shafer Cabernet Hilside Select

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/16/2011

Since 1991, Shafer's Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon has unquestionably been one of the top dozen or so California Cabernets...possesses the elegance and finesse one would expect from the Stag's Leap area, but also monumental power, richness, and ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/28/2012

Is the prodigious 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select a perfect wine? Bottled in June, 2000, this effort is about as spectacular as Cabernet Sauvignon can be. The soaring bouquet of sweet, lavishly rich black currants, plums, cherries, toast, min... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

...Inky aromas of black and bitter cherry, menthol and nut skin. Dense, thick and supple, with powerful underlying structure; still rather imploded on the palate but this possesses explosive fruit. Great fat and richness. Essence of Stags Leap cabern... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml



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Hillside Select is made of 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from rugged hillside vineyard blocks on our Stags Leap District Estate. Truly a “wine of a place,” this Cabernet exemplifies the extraordinary richness and suppleness consistently produced in our little valley within a valley. Still a monster with big mouthfeel, very dark color, lots of chocolate and dark fruit. Showing signs of moving past the stage of primary fruit with cedar, tea and tobacco moving toward center stage. In a couple of years this wine should transition deliciously into the full beauty of age. A long finish of chocolate, vanilla and spice all surrounded by the classic silky tannins of the Stags Leap District.

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