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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 1996

Winemaker's Notes:

With more herbs, cedar and tea than its ’97 sibling, this one is embracing age. Ripe aromatics and big, balanced fruit flavors. Deep color in the center of the glass with brick at the edge, silky texture and maturing fruit, showing elements of black currant and dark spice with a long finish.

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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.

External Reviews for Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

...Dusty aromas of black cherry, currant, licorice and menthol. Sweet, lush and velvety; fat and full. A generous, fruit-driven, impressively long wine with enticing currant and black plum flavors. Very ripe tannins coat the palate... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Starts out smooth showing rich earthy currant hazelnut and nutmeg scents with a hint of mocha and dense chewy tannins. Still very youthful firm and extracted. The first two bottles were corked.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2012. -JL Wine Spectator.



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With more herbs, cedar and tea than its ’97 sibling, this one is embracing age. Ripe aromatics and big, balanced fruit flavors. Deep color in the center of the glass with brick at the edge, silky texture and maturing fruit, showing elements of black currant and dark spice with a long finish.

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