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 Vintage1995 Label 1 of 51 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2025 (based on 27 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 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 74 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by aquacongas on 4/11/2015 & rated 97 points: Side by side with 1995, Blind tasting
Below the line the same rating but completely different wines. The 1997 is a typical Cal Cab from this vintage. Fullbodied, mighty with a lot of power. Fruit is still dominant, a lot of wood, but perfectly integrated alcohol, ripe and fine-grained tannins. A lively acidity, for me it will stay at this level for many years for I'M not sure it will improve. This is the difference to 1995.

1995 is elegant and not typical Cal. Many thought it could be a Bordeaux from a warmer year. The fruit is still present but more reluctant. In the foreground are cigarbox, oriental spices, mint (like Mouton and not Eukalytus like Martha's Vineyard) and pencil. 97 but with potential to 99.

Both wines are young with a very long finish and a lot of years ahead. Great wines but I would prefer the vintage 2001 Hillside select. (437 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 4/3/2015 & rated 95 points: Requires some decanting for sure. Brittle cork but wine was set healthy and singing. Big wine from colour to nose to palate. Has the signature rich dark fruit core of a 90s Napa Cab. A touch too much at times but we would forgive this little excess to an otherwise beautiful wine. Still very fruit dominated and shows very few signs of any secondary character. Bold and big . A solid 94-95 and with quite a few more years of life here. Very good now and maybe at its peak. (Andreas 94 / Nicol 95) (650 views)
 Tasted by redmancge on 12/31/2014 flawed bottle: Ugghh! Corked bottle. So sad saving to close out the year tonight and then discovering this highly rated bottle was corked. Dam..it (1110 views)
 Tasted by S R U D I N on 10/21/2013 & rated 97 points: Probably the best wine this year. Incredible depth and texture. A true pleasure, drink em if ya got em! (4417 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/26/2013 & rated 92 points: Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): Brief note. Tasted alongside its 96 counterpart, both fun, but in completely different ways. This is elegantly styled and well structured with overall good balance. This should age gracefully. (4953 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/11/2013 & rated 96 points: Delicious, rich, full-bodied black cherry fruit with cassis flavors, chewy texture, excellent structure, long finish, very expansive (4227 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/1/2013 & rated 96 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): Deep garnet, still very young for its age. The nose is just amazing! Currant, chocolate and berries. The tannins are so smooth and very nicely integrated. Hints of tobacco, chocolate and berries in the finish. This is an amazing wine. Drink now - 2030 (4882 views)
 Tasted by DrEdwardo on 12/31/2012 & rated 94 points: Still dark colour. Huge cassis nose/entry with cedars tones. Silky, plush texture with lingering finish. Plenty of life left. (4977 views)
 Tasted by peterk on 12/24/2012 & rated 95 points: Rich and dark and dusty, beautifully integrated - absolutely gorgeous. Only a magnum left - will create an opportunity to consume it very soon! (2891 views)
 Tasted by GZ3 on 7/22/2012 & rated 94 points: Opened this as a backup for the wine auction on a lark, thinking there wasn't much chance it would still be good. Popped and poured, but should have decanted as it really improved with some air. Excellent food wine, very old world style. Wish i had a dozen more. (3755 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 6/7/2012: Obviously younger than the 1994, with a touch sweeter fruit profile. A hint of oak on the nose, along with a more prominent earthy and leafy component. Sumptuous mouth feel, like all these wines, and a wonderfully complex palate presence. Retaining a bit more acidity and a touch more tannic bite. This seems like it's just nearing its peak and will be finished smoothing out in another 2-3 years. Terrific. A-/A (3855 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/1/2012 & rated 96 points: Shafer Hillside Select deserves serious consideration as a candidate for the most consistent producer of high end, California Cabernet Sauvignon over the past two decades. The 1995 is right up there with its rich, licorice, black and blue fruit, chocolate personality, dusty tannins and rich black cherry and filled finish. While lacking the levels of concentration found in vintages like 1994, 1997, 2001 or 2002, this is still an outstanding vintage for Hillside Select. (4234 views)
 Tasted by SteveHoch on 3/26/2012 & rated 96 points: This was drinking perfectly. Beautiful nose of dark berries, spice , . Great balance ...Deep Dark fruit, great mouthfeel and tremendous finnish. (3248 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 2/24/2012 & rated 97 points: Amazing stuff. Still youthful. Drink - 2025 (778 views)
 Tasted by rcg62 on 11/25/2011 & rated 98 points: My notes are limited...last tasted on long night of great bottles, but it beat them all (1995 Colgin Herb Lamb was #2). (3897 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 10/8/2011 flawed bottle: Very very corked. Sad. (3697 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 9/17/2011 flawed bottle: Great California Chardonnay and Cabernet: From 1965 to Present (Le Bordeaux Restaurant, San Francisco, California): Very dark red violet color; corked nose; corked, tart plum palate; medium finish (3545 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 6/28/2011 flawed bottle: Ugh! Carted this bottle all the way to Provence for a special dinner. Hate when that happens. (4373 views)
 Tasted by bhalljr on 6/18/2011 & rated 96 points: My first full tasting of the Hillside Select other than that from the winery. Amazing nose and reminded me of the '99 Hartwell I had a couple of weeks earlier yet so much more depth and complexity than the Hartwell. I definitely understand now the rave reviews and consistency associated with the Hillside Select. Definitely plan to stock up on this wine in the future! (4208 views)
 Tasted by aegerter on 1/16/2011 & rated 97 points: Really a perfect example of what Napa is capable of producing. It combines all the attributes of balance, purity, depth and fruit we have all come to love about Napa. This wine carries all this in perfect balance. The only reason why I don't give it a perfect score is because it somehow lacks a certain distinctiveness which I believe is needed to ascend towards 100 points. (4855 views)
 Tasted by jbroich on 1/1/2011 & rated 94 points: cedar, pain grillee and lead pencil. Not as much power as earlier bottles, probably beyond its (first) peak. (4974 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 11/16/2010 & rated 93 points: Cork fell apart. Decanted only for cork. (4924 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/8/2010 & rated 97 points: This always pleases. Clean, focused, seamless, complex, intense but not heavy. Black fruit, cedar, some tobacco balanced with a very nice finish. (5089 views)
 Tasted by AlexHop on 6/15/2010 & rated 95 points: Still somewhat young. (5432 views)
 Tasted by godx on 4/24/2010 & rated 90 points: Roy Hersh Offline - Dominus and Shafer HSS (Vancouver, BC): Showing quite a bit more age in the colour than the ’97. Loads of black fruits, hints of mint and blackberries. So youthful. Lots of structure and well balanced with a lengthy finish. Another big concentrated wine that seems to be showing more youthful characteristics than its vintage would indicate. Needs at least 5 years more. Excellent. 90+ (6015 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, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
(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 (9/17/2011)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Very dark red violet color; corked nose; corked, tart plum palate; medium finish
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/11/2010)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; plush cassis, black fruit, menthol nose; youthful, berry, ripe cassis, black fruit, menthol palate; long finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/29/2008)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Herbal, bay leaf and tart plum nose; nice, poised, plum and black fruit palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser (4/10/2005)
(Shafer .Hillside Select) The second wine had a smoky, cedary nose with lots of pine and forest action. The nose was both mild and intense at the same time, penetrating like a needle in one.s jugular. There were also leather, earth, tobacco, cedar and herbs emerging. Its chocolate and black fruits also entered stage right, but in a secondary, supporting way, as did a bit of wild grass. The palate was sturdy and long with nice cedar flavors and length. The flavors were fresh in a good grassy kind of way, and this wine was my favorite of the first five  94+ 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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