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 Vintage1994 Label 1 of 85 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)013528400023

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2021 (based on 23 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 95.1 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 81 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cab blends on 4/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Cab & Cow Dinner (Vidalia - Washington DC): This does not appear to have a california nose. More like a french nose. This stills has a lot of power in it and will last many years. (693 views)
 Tasted by ewledbetter on 4/2/2015 flawed bottle: Ever seen a grown man cry? My only bottle of this vintage. Corked. (665 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 3/30/2015 & rated 94 points: Did not hold up to the 98 Portfolio which was incredible. (699 views)
 Tasted by SteelerFan on 2/20/2015 & rated 93 points: Deep rich mature Cali cab. Drank from magnum with decant. Very enjoyable. Big wine, dark ruby color and still quite youthful. Dark fruit, smooth tannins with great length. Drinking great, but it seems to be still improving. (753 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 12/4/2014: Part of 1994/2001 California tasting. Decanter for 2 hours. Pure red fruit and smoke; Ultra fine tannins are still present but the intense fruit keeps them in check. Long elegant finish. Classic (95) (1029 views)
 Tasted by Floyd77 on 11/29/2014 & rated 99 points: Incredibly aromatic. Beautiful, elegant. Dark cherry, blackberry, white chocolate. Fruit explodes on the palate ... Finish goes on and on and on. Total balance. Youthful. Brilliant. Near perfection. Beware: crumbly cork! Try the asó from the beginning. (992 views)
 Tasted by canan on 11/28/2014 & rated 98 points: BYO - US wines (NO.2): Sweet and fresh raspberry/cherry fruit with an expressive and elegant aftertaste.
There is just plenty of balance and lightness to it.
Just an amazing wine! (374 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 3/4/2014 & rated 97 points: Licorice, oak and chocolate coated black and blue fruit are found in spades in this concentrated, deep, long, intense wine. The finish goes on and on and on like a Stephen Bishop song. This is such a great style of wine, and while not cheap, for a Napa wine at this level of quality, it's worth the cost of the ticket. (2898 views)
 Tasted by Marc on 3/1/2014 & rated 98 points: Dinner for the next door neighbors and our builder - Chidaine, Beaucastel, Mondavi, Shafer (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand): Simply put, a grand wine. Tasted next to the great Mondavi Cab Sav reserve 1994, this came across as younger, richer and more complex (although not as settled). Massive in the mouth with copious amounts of glycerin, tannins and huge structure -this is profound Napa cabernet that will only get better with time. This has the sur maurite element that so many profound red wine possess. I want to give this 1 or 2 more points and I imagine I will when this wine finds its full resolution. There is clearly great upside potential with this wine. (Crumbly cork - a nightmare to get out!) (2381 views)
 Tasted by Dave Canada on 11/30/2013 & rated 94 points: The Twelfth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): From Magnum
This was a very nice wine…and still so young
Dark ripe fruit mix with cassis, spice and nice secondary elements of subtle earth and leather.
The palate is balanced and integrated yet still quite primary in nature….blackberries, black currants, black cherries and spice are augmented by some nice secondary nuance.
The finish is medium+ in length with good complexity. Wonderful wine. (2763 views)
 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 11/30/2013 & rated 93 points: The Twelveth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON): Quite dark in fruit profile. Nose of baked plums, cassis, blackberry, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Palate has mouthfilling ripe fairly primary fruit and finishes fairly long on macerated dark cherries and jujubes. (2936 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 11/23/2013: 1994 Napa Tasting (Bin 54): "(-+)no minerality, very ripe/sweet fruit, excellent but downgraded bc very ripe and w/out secondaries" (2190 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/26/2013 flawed bottle: Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): This started as one of my favorite wines of the evening, with a good combination of dense, black fruit with earthy elements. This wine kept evolving over the course of the evening, alas, not in a good way, with less and less fruit forthcoming, while the earthiness started coming across as somewhat corky. Very glad this was popped and poured. (2536 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/1/2013 & rated 93 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): Intensive clear garnet in color. Berries, Coffee and Chocolate in the nose. The tannins are still there but very nicely integrated into the fruit. Flavors of chocolate, currant and boisen berries. Nice wine but I expected more from the 1994! Still plenty of reserves. Drink - 2025 (2672 views)
 Tasted by rcg62 on 2/10/2013 & rated 97 points: A definite wow wine. Nose didn't give a ton here, but definitely opened up over time revealing some vanilla (?), black berry. But was stunning to drink. So young still, with dark ruby red edges (drank 3 bottles, no variation) . Bordeaux like cedar qualities but oh so Cali with the bigger fruit. Huge crowd pleaser tonight. (2675 views)
 Tasted by Flamengo on 12/24/2012 & rated 91 points: Opened and Drunk with family at christmas eve. Good wine. Ruby/red colour. The nose is incredibly ripe fruit. I insist, very very ripe. Red and black. Thats what it most call your attention when you smell it. Also wood, mint and lead pencil. A little decadent. Smells like a medoc wine, like cos d estournel, for example, st estephe. Restrained and elegant. I really enjoyed it, but i would dare to disagree with most of the recent tasting notes of this wine. Its not an outstanding wine, in my opinion. Its a very good wine, tough. Taste is complex and developed, the tannins has softened up and the wine is lusty and over ripped. Medium body. 30/40 seconds aftertaste. A great Napa wine, theres no doubt about it, but far from a masterpiece. Maybe its already fading, or hit its peak 2/3 years ago. Robert parker says its a wine to be drunk untill 2025. Wine spectator says its untill 2010. I am more inclined to agree with WS. Still very goody. But if you have it, its definatelly time to drink it. (2668 views)
 Tasted by bon vivant on 11/2/2012: Elegant, beautifully balanced and restrained, A wine of class and distinction with some nice elements of lead pencil and touches of herbs. lingering structured finish. A little more advanced than i remembered a previous bottle but very enjoyable tonight. (3217 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 10/13/2012 & rated 96 points: Last bottle. Did not dissapoint. Just wonderful. Herbal notes and fruit. Nose for days. Smooth and elegant but not boring. (3105 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 9/9/2012 & rated 93 points: Opaque red violet color; ripe black fruit, black olive, black plum nose; tart black plum, black olive, mineral, light herb palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points (1365 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 7/16/2012 & rated 94 points: tasted blind
came towards the end of the flight of 94s tasted blind, so i was a bit fatigued by this point, but could tell this was an exceptional wine. sweet beautiful red and dark fruit, lush, good acidity, long finish. delicious. (2849 views)
 Tasted by vinodonpedro on 6/8/2012 & rated 97 points: This was simple amazing. Purchased in Napa and drank at Auberge du Soleil. The wine was silky and smooth with not a single hard edge to be found. If you were keeping this in the cellar it's time to try it. Cassis, very balanced berries, some leather and streaks of vanilla. (2436 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 6/7/2012: There is a definite shift to a more luxurious style with this 1994 than the 1991 to 1993; whether this is intentional or just the function of being slightly younger, it might be too difficult to tell. But the difference was noticeable enough that it seems a product of conscious choice. Regardless, this is a full red color. No hints of bricking. Gorgeous nose of cassis fruit, which shows a touch sweeter than the 1991 to 1993 wines, and a leathery, cedary streak behind the earthy notes. In the mouth, plush and gorgeous, with near perfect balance -- showing off sexy fruit but also layers of complexity that all glide across the palate without any effort at all. Long, polished finish. This is one of those beautiful wines that is serious, complex, worthy of deep thought, yet supremely easy to drink. A (2352 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 11/2/2011: x-pensive winos dinner @ josie's in santa monica. this garnered some favorable comments, but i thought it displayed some VA/nail polish with a metallic finish. (3704 views)
 Tasted by Rosengoo on 9/4/2011 & rated 93 points: I opened the Magnum and after a bit of work with a shattered cork, we decanted it for a short time. This wine was deep black purple in colour with a very balanced nose of berries, smoke and some oak. In the glass were lots of flavours but I got a lot of prunes, cherries and blueberries. The alcohol level was very nice. I don't know if this wine is in it's prime or past it but it's drinking nicely now and I don't suggest waiting too much longer to drink them if you have a bottle. (3771 views)
 Tasted by cgarner on 3/13/2011 & rated 98 points: It's tasting beautifully now but will likely stay at this level for many years to come. This is the best of both new world and old word wine. (4810 views)
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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 Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/9/2012)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; ripe black fruit, black olive, black plum nose; tart black plum, black olive, mineral, light herb palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (9/19/2005)
(Shafer Hillside Select) This was pretty thin and closed. Nothing special.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/25/2003)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) 1994 Cali Cabs Blindtasted (Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Bryant, Araujo, Abreu, Shafer HS) (Skirball Center, Los Angeles, California): Reticent, warm berry nose; nice entry, medium-bodied, cassis palate with resolved tannins; short-medium finish 92+ pts.  92 points
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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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