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 Vintage1999 Label 2 of 74 
TypeRed
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)013528400023

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2021 (based on 48 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.3 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 166 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Agreenblatt on 4/18/2015 & rated 92 points: This one was a bit past its peak. (862 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 3/26/2015 & rated 95 points: We loved this wine. It came out roaring with fabulous fruit, great bouquet, deep, dark purple; what a pleasure. We had this with a light pasta from Eataly, with fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, and grated Parmesan. Fantastic. This is a wine to enjoy. (1014 views)
 Tasted by CharlesHetzel on 1/18/2015 & rated 97 points: Served from Magnum. Decanted over 2 hours before enjoying. This is (still) everything you want a Shafer Hillside Select to be. Upon the nose, still a great depth here with initial complex aroma of deep dark cherry fruit, casis, nose of tobacco, leather with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The cedar still hints at some oak & black cherry. The dark fruit was present on the initial palate, just a few playful tannins and great legs and structure to the wine. This wine is in pefect harmony between sweetness and tannins with enough acidity left to keep for another 10 to 12 years. You are safe to open and enjoy or hold magnums for another 15 years. (1633 views)
 Tasted by davidandrose on 1/10/2015 & rated 93 points: Coravin pop and pour. Nothing detailed but this showed modest firmness to its structure and great dark fruit flavors. Next to a '99 Insignia (which had been Coravin'd into a stem 3 hrs earlier) this was the clear winner, both comparing out of the Insignia bottle and when the Insignia had been exposed to air for 3+ hours. Definitively shows as New World in structure, flavor and layering. (1553 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 1/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Options
1/8/2015 - I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 92 Points
I was expecting more after 15 years in the cellar. It's still a good bottle of wine, but the fruit seems a bit less, there was a bit more mineral tones, though the color was great, and there was no sediment on the cork coming out. My expectations were too high. I'll try the magnum next to see if there is a difference. (1597 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 11/6/2014 & rated 96 points: Dark ruby with purple core. Nose of dark fruit with additional aromas of wood, spices and some earthy tones. On the palate full bodied but not over the top. There is a clear Napa sweetness here but it remains balanced and fresh. I really like this style as it keeps the wine “available” to also go well with food. A great hillside. (2327 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 11/2/2014 & rated 94 points: Higher End Domestic Cabs (Edina Country Club, MN): Fruit forward with blackberries, blueberries and cherry. Palate picks up underbrush and cedar. A big wine still in its infancy. Should age another 15 years. First pour a little more enjoyable than the second. (1753 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 11/2/2014 & rated 93 points: High End Napa Cabs - Blind (Edina Country Club, Edina, MN): Very dark purple red color, no apparent bricking. PNP, drank 2 glasses, the first glass blind, over 3 hours. This showed some typical Shafer character upfront, black and blue fruit, savory, roasted meat. The palate has ample glycerin, full body, good concentration, blackberry, cassis, blueberry, very big, wood spice, wood, a bit of heat, long finish. This improved some with time in glass. Still seems young, but where will it go over the long haul... (1599 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 10/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Cabernet Sauvignon at C's: Herbs, spices and earth. Some oak. Good structure balancing the fruit nicely, later revealed almost 15% alcohol not noticeable, medium tannins, medium + finish. Would give it another year or two for the oak to integrate further. 93+ (1586 views)
 Tasted by Ronfeldman on 10/11/2014 & rated 97 points: 3 hour decant. Huge with a long finish. Glad I still have 5 more!! (1435 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 6/25/2014 & rated 93 points: A typical Wednesday evening in Sydney: Tobacco, blueberry, kirsch and blackcurrant aromas form the nose. Based on the aromas I thought this would be all about richness on the palate, but it has a great sense of compact density rather than mouth coating fruit. There is a great spark of minerality that gives it drive and brightness. Great now but I think it will improve further over the medium term. (2398 views)
 Tasted by vinodonpedro on 5/24/2014 & rated 96 points: Fantastic nose, long finish. big and bold. very shafer, very HS. (2221 views)
 Tasted by rdalehite on 4/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Had before dinner, not with food. Beautiful nose but too much grape and not a strong finish as I expect from Shafer HSS. Although it got better with time (2 hours) it just really put a wow on me at all. Disappointing in relation to what I expect from Shafer. (2682 views)
 Tasted by robertek on 3/29/2014 & rated 98 points: Outof a magnum this was absolutely spectacular and in a perfect drinking window. A nose to die for. (2853 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 3/20/2014 & rated 93 points: Wines that Charles loves (Cafe Pyrenees): Gorgeous, modern nose of big smokey black fruit, vanilla and toast. Palate is richly fruited with dark cherries accented with herb and tobacco leaf. There is nice freshness and balance given the scale. (544 views)
 Tasted by CharlesHetzel on 2/23/2014 & rated 97 points: Enjoyed at Next Restaurant - Chicago Steakhouse Menu
Decanted over 3.5 hours before enjoying. This is everything you want a Shafer Hillside Select to be. When opened had a very in depth, complex aroma of deep dark cherry fruit, casis, nose of tobacco, leather with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Really enjoyed the cedary nose with just a hint of oak, black cherry. The dark fruit was present on the initial palate, just a few playful tannins and great legs and structure to the wine. This wine is in pefect harmony between sweetness and tannins with enough
acidity left to keep for another 10 to 12 years. It is drinking very well now and was a great companion to the flannery dry aged ribeye served at Next. (3101 views)
 Tasted by winelover1808 on 10/13/2013 & rated 94 points: drank next to a 06 Futo and a 07 villa del lago (del dotto). I enjoyed this the most. nose of tobacco, graphite, red fruit. really smooth and full in the mouth; long finish with supple tannins. So glad I saved this for so long and thought it was really at its prime. a very beautiful california cab that ages well. (3825 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 9/22/2013 & rated 94 points: Popped and poured. (3537 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Football & Domestic Cabs @ Howard's 2013 (Old Greenwich, CT): Pop and pour. An excellent Hillside, but perhaps not as plush as other vintages I've had. This is a bit stern, with the fruit taking a slight backseat to the structure. Very nice minerality, but I think this needs air or more cellar time to soften the tannins... I just hope the fruit holds up. (3597 views)
 Tasted by JLucas on 9/3/2013 & rated 94 points: Still in great shape, the Hillside Selects never disappoint. Nice cedary nose and great dark fruit on the palate. Wonderful with rack of lamb. Still has plenty of life in it. Wonderful wine. (3257 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/26/2013 & rated 90 points: Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): Brief note. Fat black fruit starting to lose its freshness, so the heat is starting to protrude on finish. Still drinking nicely but its best days are in the past. (3718 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/1/2013 & rated 94 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): 1999! A vintage that never disappointed me. Much more affordable than the 1997 and 2001, 2002 but very close in quality. Over the past two years I purchased many California Cabs out of this "forgotten" vintage. Very few of the 1999 have disappointed me yet.

The Hillside shows a deep, intensive garnet red. In the nose a plethora of ripe red berries and currant with hints of grapefruit (?). Nice harmony between sweetness, tannins and acidity. Easy to drink. Lots of berries, chalk and chocolate. I expect this wine to get better in a few more years. Drink until 2030. (2928 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/9/2013 & rated 96 points: If fighters are judged on a pound for pound basis, perhaps wines should be looked at on a point for dollar basis. If we use that scale for high end, California Cabernet Sauvignon, it's hard to see any other wine topping Shafer Hillside Select. This had everything I seek in Cab based wines; complex aromas with fresh blackberries, licorice, earth and a touch of oak, rich, lush textures and a long, fresh, ripe, balanced finish that made me want to taste it again and again. Served with a rare steak, I was loving it! (3494 views)
 Tasted by davidandrose on 4/6/2013 & rated 94 points: Uncorked but not decanted, and allowed to rest for 2.5 hrs prior to following. dark purple with slight bricking on the edge lots of rich black cherry, vanilla, lightly-toasted oak, and a hint of hazelnut paste on the nose. Dark fruit and faint oak present on the palate, faint tannins and adequate structure and backbone to last for many more (7+) years. Well-balanced and in a very good place now. (2889 views)
 Tasted by Wineandsports on 2/16/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted. Poured after almost an hour. Still tightly knotted flavor. Dense, peppery almost sharp. Beautiful deep color. Over the next two hours, began to soften and open. Fruit and leather tones began to emerge. Wound up really enjoying this wine. Not as complex as I hoped, but maybe if we had waited even longer for it to open. (3194 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/7/2003)
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/2/2003)
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/10/2004)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Lovely, big, berry nose; tasty berry, vanilla, caramel palate with sweet tannins; medium finish  89 points
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Shafer

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John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon,
their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select,
is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.

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