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 Vintage1992 Label 1 of 51 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2002 and 2014 (based on 13 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 93.4 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 55 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ttriant on 5/14/2015 & rated 94 points: Dark red color.
Excellent, youthful nose. Blackberies ?
Initially wine came across very young and improved with time in the decanter. Lead, pencil, tobacco.
Big, balanced, quite complex and long.
Can drink now and another 5+ years (112 views)
 Tasted by RDK15 on 1/3/2015 & rated 95 points: Cork disintegrated, but after a couple hours the wine was wonderful. Soft, complex, memorable (629 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 5/2/2014 & rated 94 points: From Magnum. Soft cork needed the ah-so, but came out whole. Dark color with almost no sign of age. Took about an hour to open. Hard leather and cassis dominated initially but then came the blackberries, tobacco and sweet Oak. Long finish. (1715 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/8/2013 & rated 94 points: Football & Domestic Cabs @ Howard's 2013 (Old Greenwich, CT): One of the best wines for current consumption. This has started to gain secondary and tertiary notes of earth, leather, forest floor and tea leaves, but still retained a healthy amount of fruit. The tannins are well resolved... silky smooth. Gorgeous wine. (3087 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/26/2013: Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): Brief note. Leaner styled tonight. Elegant and easy to enjoy, but also simpler than most other HSS vintages tonight. Best to drink up. (3422 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/1/2013 & rated 93 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): Clear deep garnet. Nose of chalk, cherries and dark berries. Chocolate, red berries in the finish. All very well balanced. This wine still has some reserves. Drink now - 2025 (3559 views)
 Tasted by cycheng on 3/8/2013 & rated 93 points: Very good (3240 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Past it's prime; no rich fruit remaining (2834 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 6/7/2012 flawed bottle: Something seemed a little off with this bottle. A touch of volatile acidity and band aid on the nose. It didn't complete ruin the wine, but it gave enough of an impression for me to think this wasn't a proper bottle and shouldn't be rated. There was a bit of drying on the back end, but this was clearly a more earthy vintage compared to any of those in this 1991-1996 vertical. Flawed. (2702 views)
 Tasted by steinersing on 6/3/2012 & rated 92 points: This has aged gracefully - no fireworks, but a nicely integrated wine with good length (2586 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/14/2012 & rated 94 points: What is this??? Still a somewhat purple rim….incredible! Great concentration, beautiful acidity. New world style, but also classical. Tannin in perfect condition and a bit drying in the finish. A great wine and completely ready now, but it will probably stay on this level for another 5+ years. (2384 views)
 Tasted by drycab on 9/27/2011: Another awesome bottle. Not quite up to the Araujo, but still drinking well. (2803 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 9/23/2011 & rated 93 points: CT Delmonico Steakhouse Dinner (Delmonico Steakhouse, Las Vegas, NV): WIML93+

Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

Dark garnet to perhaps purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of thistle, berries, leather, a hint of white pepper and berries. Flavors of berries, cherries, raspberries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (2990 views)
 Tasted by cortoncharlie on 7/20/2011 & rated 88 points: decent but nothing memorable (2687 views)
 Tasted by grafstrb on 3/16/2011 & rated 98 points: – popped and poured –
– tasted non-blind over an hour –

NOSE: blackberry; leather; a bit funky/earthy; spearmint-tinged Good ‘n’ Plenty candies; deep florals; hint of chocolate. The Nose started off pleasurable, but with time in the glass gained additional complexities, and eventually left me spellbound.

BODY: pitch purple-black color of medium-deep depth – looks like it was born yesterday; medium-full bodied. Cork was in pristine condition - soaked only a mm - probably could have outlived myself.

TASTE: purple-fruited; polished; still has loads of fruit; black cherry; hint of leather; full palate; tannin still has some grip; stony smoke; hint of oak. Fruit comes across as mostly primary, with hints of tertiary elements starting to creep in. Like the Nose, the overall quality of this wine crept-up on me without me overtly noticing it. This was absolutely stunning, albeit not in a “show-stopper” sort of way. This wine is powerful, elegant, and perfectly proportioned. Although it was not closed, I got the sense that it was still somewhat reserved. I don’t think this has even entered its prime drinking window yet – I’d say it needs another 10 years for that, and I could see this *easily* going another 30 years before it begins to degrade. Easily the best CA Cab. I’ve had to date. If a wine is a woman, this one is Jane Russell circa 1945.

B: 50, 5, 15, 19, 9 = 98 (3277 views)
 Tasted by yonster24 on 3/16/2011: My first experience with Shafer and what an experience it was. Dark opaque color to it, showing little-to-no signs of this being almost 20-years-old. Nose of cassis, black fruits, dark cherries and an earthyness to it, but there was more than that to the nose, they all really came together that kept me sniffing my glass over and over. Medium-full bodied wine with everything in amazing balance. Dark fruits and earth on the palate leading to a wonderfully long finish that showed amazing balance between tannins, acidity and fruit. Just kept getting better and better as it went. Almost rivals (though not quite) the 1977 Mayacamus I had a few years back. WIth time though, I could easily see this getting there. Great wine, thank you Grafstrb!! (3081 views)
 Tasted by Margauxguy on 12/23/2010 & rated 91 points: Really nice and holding well. Incredibly balance, it has lost some of the opulence of a younger hillside select, but nice fruit and structure. After it had been opened a while (1 hour), it started to fade a little and shortened on the pallette. (3258 views)
 Tasted by wallstreet on 11/21/2010: 1992 Napa Cab Retrospective at Alan and Gabi's House . Another great showing for this wine, edged out Dalle Valle 92 for WOTN. This wine is just a great wine, secondaries very evident. A complex Cab that delivers the goods in every aspect. Wonderful! (3337 views)
 Tasted by ebrown35 on 11/16/2010 & rated 90 points: Popped with a short decant...pristine looking cork. Dark color with very little bricking, mature red fruits, graphite, cedar, spice. On the palate there large-scaled dark, ripe red fruit, sweet oak, with a rich midpalate, medium acidity and a nice long finish. Still plenary of tannins here but lacking a complexity and still a bit youthful. At almost 20 years the oak still hasn't fully integrated, so I'm not sure if it ever will...perhaps this suffered after tasting the 1982 Mouton before it. (3426 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 10/15/2010 flawed bottle: 1997 Stag's Leap Retrospective (Northbrook, IL): Way out of balanced. Prune; porty. Some VA. Blowsy. My 4, group 4. (3841 views)
 Tasted by KHILL on 7/22/2010 & rated 98 points: The has gotten even better. Has tannins early like still young. Then fruit forward. Then finishes with silk and that taste of truffles.... Got from BPwine.com and perfect cork. (3968 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 4/25/2010 & rated 89 points: Inky, tinged with purple, looking young and concentrated. Floral, perfumed nose, still showing some oak, and growing quite generous with air. On the palate, very sweet fruit and persistent hot alcohol (only 13.5% on the label), with very little complexity. This could almost pass for a young vintage Port, though showing a real lack of depth, made worse by the alcohol. Considerable tannin. Some stemminess on the medium-length finish. Drink now, as the alcohol seems to be gaining an upper hand. Overall a disappointment, as this bottle appeared in superb condition. (3770 views)
 Tasted by KHILL on 2/18/2010 & rated 97 points: Drank this wine at wrong dinner, but it is an awesome wine (4297 views)
 Tasted by drycab on 12/10/2009 & rated 95 points: The best old California Cabernet I've ever had. (4373 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 12/9/2009: My WOTN. The Cali cab at it's best. Matured, but with lots of power left, rounded to perfection. Enjoyable to the point you don't wanna see the bottom of the glass. (4313 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 Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/7/2009)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Dark red violet color with clear meniscus; chocolate, berry and caramel nose; berry, cassis, dill, rich palate; medium-plus finish  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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