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 Vintage1987 Label 33 of 74 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1993 and 2012 (based on 3 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 90.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by affordableCollector on 6/14/2012 & rated 87 points: red, orange, in color. chocolate, berry, on the nose. chocolate, blackberry, plum, on the palate. medium tannins, on this odd finish. (1417 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 11/14/2009 & rated 94 points: Fight Night Wines V (matt's, highland park IL): nose: very deep and balanced with a nice warmth to the tones of pencil lead, dark red cherries, leather, black currants, mint, and a touch of red florals

taste: very elegant with a well balanced medium/full feel that is still showing off some tannins with mature tones of cranberries, dark red cherries, black currants, and mint

overall: a great cab. This was also blind and did fool a bit as it had a bordeaux quality, but was hard to locate. This still has a way to go in a good cellar as the color was a good solid dark ruby with some bricking (3798 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 3/26/2009 & rated 96 points: Hart Davis Hart – BYOB (Blackbird Chicago): Rich concentrated lush cherry flavors with great balancing acidity in soft round package. Toasty, long and deep. A porno wine I want to spend the night with. Yum yum yum 96 (4360 views)
 Tasted by zimmy07 on 8/12/2007 & rated 93 points: drank from a mag. great balance integration between tannin and fruit. Not overly ripe, but smooth, rich tannin and great currant, cherry and spice. (3865 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 8/11/2007: From magnum. Dark fruit nose - mature and quite toned down relative to modern day HSS. Somewhat lacking in structure, and really not classic in style, but overall a really enjoyable, mature wine. (3877 views)
 Tasted by Hank Gillespie on 6/2/2007: The Wine Summit: Shafer Hillside Select - Saturday, June 2, 2007 - 10:45 A.M. (The Post Hotel in Lake Louise, AB): Dark ruby – amber rim; warm bouquet – coffee/mocha – spice – slight herbal edge; mellow on the palate – harmonious texture – ripe currant fruit – some oak influence – balanced; tasty finish – lingers – an elegant offering. (3877 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 1/11/2007 & rated 81 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical (Zealous - Chicago, IL): Bronze ruby. Nose has cedar, currants but gets consumed by an overriding green pepper tone. Medium bodied. Vegetal notes continue / worsen on the palate. One of two wines in the vertical that I couldn't drink (corked '96 was the other). Over-the-hill. 4+10+12+5=81 (3234 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 12/11/2004 & rated 94 points: Kensington Wine Tasting, Before and During Auction (The Pump Room - Chicago IL): Starts with leather and tobacco on nose, fruit and spice aromas are fairly mature. Fruit is more vibrant on the palate, good black fruit with lots of nuance and balance and very charming textures and acidity on finish. Clearly not a hugely ripe wine, this comes across with a great Old World character and elegance. At the same time, this is at its peak and should be consumed in the next few years. (1366 views)
 Tasted by otisabdul on 11/5/2004 & rated 88 points: 2004 WS Wine Experience: Shafer HSS Vertical (Hyatt Regency, Chicago): This wine was made by Doug Shafer during the “food wine era” of the mid-80s, or what Doug called his “acid phase”. Many of the wines of this decade were marked with tart acidity so as to pair better with food. 1987 was a hot year, with a small crop. Grapes were picked at 24 brix. Maroon color, with clear edges. A bit of smoke, herbs, and vegetality on the nose. The berry fruit had a tropical punch nuance to it, along with some tea and cedar. Puckerish finish. Laube said: “This wine appears to be past its prime, somewhat on the drying side – but it used to be very plush.” Drink up, if you have any. (4445 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 11/1/2004 & rated 92 points: WS CWE 04 - Shafer Hillside Vertical (Marquis Marriott): Full ruby red. Forward aroma of black fruit, tea, cedar, green pepper (slightly underripe grapes?) and spiciness. Lovely round black fruit with zingy aciidty and spice. Started falling apart a bit with time. 11/04 (2698 views)
 Tasted by AlanC on 7/10/2004 & rated 92 points: With both anticipation and a bit of trepidation, uncorked this 3.0 liter bomb in honor of my brother's birthday. Right out of the gate, I knew we were in for a great bottle. Balanced, distinguished, seductive, the red fruit and slight herbal edge were spoken at the opening and just kept building over the course of an evening that it took to take this monster down. Served with marinated, grilled pork tenderloin lakeside on a beautiful moonlit Vermont evening. I had not had a pre-1992 Shafer Hillside before, and had heard of an apparant difference in quality to those that followed 1992, but this wine was downright wonderful. It reminded me of why I love some California Cabs as much as I do. This had aged beautifully in large format, though if I had some 750's, I would be drinking now. Unfortunately, no such luck. Thanks John Shafer. (3426 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/2/2003)
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Bonus Articles, California Cabernet Sauvignon: A Tale of Two Epochs (June 2003)
(Shafer “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
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Producer website
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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