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Shafer Cabernet Hilside Select 2006

Member Review by poppop200:

House&Garden, Oct 2007

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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.

Member Reviews for Shafer Cabernet Hilside Select

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Snooth User: poppop200
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1997 11/23/2007

House&Garden, Oct 2007


Snooth User: KFAEHN
15615859
2.00 5
Vintage: 1997 03/25/2009

Two glasses


External Reviews for Shafer Cabernet Hilside Select

External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

Pure, rich, intense and vibrant, with tight, sharply focused, vivid black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit that has a nice dusty, loamy edge and ends with a pleasant burst of ripe fruit flavors that are long and persistent. Best from 2009 through 2014.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

No Cabernet smells better. This is an enormously attractive, well-oaked wine constituted from the best possible fruit. In the mouth, it immediately seduces. Shafer knows it has to rise to expectations with this wine. and the 2001 does not disappoint. The fruit is spectacular, all cassis. The oak is rich, flamboyant and delicious. Structurally, the wine has the best tannin-acid structure Napa is capable of. Immediately delicious now, this wine should develop over the next 10 years.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the finest wines of the vintage. The 14.9% alcohol is barely noticeable given the amazing concentration and intensity. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by scents of vanilla, blackberry liqueur, crushed minerals, and a hint of white flowers. There is stunning intensity, tremendous purity, full body, and a remarkable, seamless finish (amazing given the elevated, austere tannin). Give the 1999 another 2-3 years of cellaring, and enjoy it over the following two decades or longer.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

A big, rich, bold and expansive style, with tiers of dense currant, mineral, earth, black cherry, anise and cedary oak flavors that are intense and concentrated, with the tannins showing a raw edge. Young and rambunctious. Needs lots of air or a little time in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2013.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

Saturated ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate and truffle. Superripe, broad and layered; outsized and dense but not heavy. The fruit flavors are extremely ripe but not roasted. Finishes with huge, sweet, toothcoating tannins and outstanding persistence. Still a baby but already wonderfully focused. A great, full-flavored example of Napa Valley cabernet.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

Has lots of richness, depth and complexity, with layers of earthy currant, anise, black cherry and blackberry fruit, showing far more depth and ripeness than most from this vintage. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Vintage: 1998 05/22/2011

There are 2,000 cases of what is undeniably one of the New World's most profound Cabernet Sauvignons, Shafer's Hillside Select. It is one-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 32 months in 100% new French oak (the majority being Taransaud). It is quintessentially Stags Leap, with a Margaux-like elegance as well as the power and layered, textured opulence that comes from northern California's sweet fruit. The 1999 Hillside Select reveals an opaque purple color, and a structured, tannic feel in the mouth with tremendous density of fruit, full body, enviable purity, and a remarkable finish. Hints of lead pencil shavings intertwined with vanilla, minerals, and black fruits cascade from the glass. This classic will be at its finest between 2006-2025.


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