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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 34 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code013528400023

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2035 (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 95.9 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 64 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by flashvictor on 9/10/2014 & rated 98 points: Decanted 5 hours. Dark violet color leads to an explosive nose of blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla. Full body shows dark fruit, chocolate, Asian spice and a hint off bell pepper. Silky finish lasts well over a minute.

Wow! This is a great wine. It manages to simultaneously be a huge Napa Cab yet retain a ton of finesse. This drinks great now with a long decant. I think there could be some upside to additional aging. Bravo! (818 views)
 Tasted by floridawinedrkr on 7/26/2014 & rated 98 points: One of the most amazing wines I have had ever. Had at Hutch's in buffalo. Just popped and poured. Wine was dark, thick, and almost a syrupy feel. Very creamy and buttery mouth feel. Finish went on what seemed for ever. Fruit was outstanding. Wine was balanced perfectly. I imagine a 2 hour decant would have raised this wine to a 99 or 100. (1643 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 7/5/2014: Everything you want from a cab. Cassis, beef, great texture and body, present but unobtrusive tannins, length, balance. My perfect cab. (1854 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 5/8/2014 & rated 96 points: The ruby-black, unctuously-textured 2007 Hillside Select is a large-scaled wine, even by the standards of this extravagant cuvée, bursting from the glass with ripe aromas of kirsch, cassis, blueberries, charcoal and subtle woodsmoke. The wine's copious baby fat is beginning to eat up the oak, which is already quite well integrated. On the palate, the acids are fresh, and the wine's vast volume is nicely balanced out by mid-palate depth; the question will be if that balance will endure as the wine ages. Based on the performance of Shafer's massive 2002, it probably will! (2697 views)
 Tasted by pdemaio on 4/15/2014 & rated 95 points: Big but not bruising, this is a focused wine with great complexity and is a good example of what California wines can be when they are more subtle than the big bold harlans etc. Great finish. Great secondary spices and wood on the nose. (2706 views)
 Tasted by El Tej on 3/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Drank over 3 hours. Predictably tight at first. What followed was a bit disappointing as it never developed anything complex on the mid-palate and had a timid finish. Not sure if it simply needs more time or is more hollow than I'd like. Will give my other bottle a few more years. (2437 views)
 Tasted by George C Trader on 1/25/2014 & rated 96 points: Jammy wine with crushed berry and cassis dominant flavors, with some dark coffee thrown in as well. It was so substantial, we could only sip it and so for a dinner for two it lasted the whole dinner and into desert. We had some French press coffee with desert and a 1/2 glass of the Schafer left so we went back and forth, and this wine is so powerful it even complimented the coffee, if that makes any sense-- one sip of coffee, one sip of wine and bam, the lingering flavors of the coffee in the mouth exploded. It is versatile and meat and chocolate centric wine... Compared to a delicious BV Georges de latour 2008 I had recently, this is a step above in ageability and density, but it is not a romantic wine... For subtle, delicious Stags Leap cab, my benchmark is the 2007 Cliff Lede Poetry. My girflfriend and I agreed we will age the Schafer and have one a year from the cellar to see how it develops over the next few years. (3142 views)
 Tasted by MS92 on 12/19/2013 & rated 96 points: Decanted for several hours and enjoyed a big, lush bottle.
 Tasted by bambam on 12/19/2013 & rated 95 points: From 1.5L, decanted for 1 hour. This was still showing a lot of youth and not showing its best IMO. With air time, it opened up with lovely dark fruits and firm tannins. The 750ml I had a few months back showed much better. (3349 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 12/15/2013: 5th Annual Best of Bordeaux vs Kings of Kalifornia (Yan's China Bistro): tasted blind, so comments are generated without any prior knowledge. on the nose i get strong vanilla and heavy alcohol. in the mouth, maple, whisky barrel, and heat. an unmitigated disaster and frankly undrinkable. And others (though not all) were in agreement. Super shocked to see this wine unveiled as the 07 Shafer Hillside Select. Now begin the post mortem anaysis... clearly it is too young, and quite disjointed, not showing well at all tonite, and tasted in a lineup that included some mature funky Bordeaux (83 Palmer, 89 Beausejour Becot) so in that regard it stuck out. But frankly it performed badly even among some other big Cali cabs such as the 08 Hundred Acre Ark. The 02 Hillside Select was much better. In short, this is the reason to taste wines blind (2491 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Still quite young. Drank it in comparison to a Maiden and Sloan (same vintage). (3181 views)
 Tasted by canan on 9/28/2013 & rated 95 points: BYO - US wines (Skovridderkroen): Nose: Dense blackberry fruit.
Palate: Wild acidity, dense black currants.
A bit disappointed when the bottle was revealed but it could be that it just needs more time.. (1552 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 9/23/2013 & rated 97 points: This was more or less in a tie for the 3rd spot. When it was on, it was really great. Deep black fruit, wonderful nose, grippy pleasant tannins, deft use of wood, and a great finish. What demoted this wine was its second glass as it warmed, and not even to a room temp its fruit became a bit jammy and the ABV seemed to be more noticeable. Of the 2007 group, this and the Scarecrow have the longest potential at life, but it didn't have that freshness factor that Scarecrow or Schrader BTK had going for them. I think had I had more time with the Ovid, it may have out paced Shafer, but since it was a 2008 it may be a touch backward so they remained tied. Ovide has the longer life potential. (3970 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 9/22/2013 & rated 91 points: Pablo's WW tasting at Council Oak. Still big. Feet. 91- (2630 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 9/20/2013 & rated 95 points: Charleston II - The Collectibles - Afternoon Edition; 9/20/2013-9/21/2013 (Kings Courtyard Inn in Charleston, SC): This was the bi-polar wine. It starts all deep and lovely and soft with a touch of blackberry and maybe some other black fruits and then WHAM - it's grape brandy in a glass which usurps all other flavors. This starts to soften over time (and again, I think this was a wine that was opened that morning, but with just the original decant into a Riedel merlot which doesn't allow for a lot of air). (2559 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 9/20/2013 & rated 95 points: Brought to the Charleston Cult Cab tasting. It was 5th in the line up of the Cult Cabs. The heat on this wine had knocked it down for us. (2791 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 9/20/2013: Brought to the Charleston Cult Cab tasting. It was 5th in the line up of the Cult Cabs. The heat on this wine had knocked it down for us. (2929 views)
 Tasted by WineBerg on 9/20/2013 & rated 95 points: Charleston CA Cult Cab Tasting (Kings Courtyard): I didn't really get too good of a note on this one, but it was a bit hot at the start. Red fruit and florals, and did open up more as it sat in the decanter. (2073 views)
 Tasted by randyjc on 9/14/2013: This was disapponting. I love SHS but not this one. It is a super hot, super concentrated mess, relatively speaking given its price. The nose is wonderful, except for the alcohol heat. In the mouth it is intense and concentrated cassis but strong, too strong of new oak. And again I say it is hot. Too hot. The finish is long and voluptuous but both the discordant, predominant notes of oak and alcohol play a major role. So if this wine were $40 or $50, I would think it was fine. At the actual price, it is a parody of a big Napa cab. I am, however, optimistic that in five or maybe fifteen years my remaining botles will be wonderful. Or at least good enough to make me think I am getting my moneys worth They just are nowhere near that now. The 03 Pavie and the 01 Quilceda seriously buried the Shafer. And I recognize, given the comments on CT and reviews by Parker and Tanzer and all, that I am expressing a minority view. But I hold to it firmly! (1971 views)
 Tasted by godirra on 9/14/2013 & rated 95 points: The nose has deep strong fruit, the wine is very dark with a nice garnet ring, huge legs. It is so much better than a year ago, more integrated and smooth. The fruit is strong but not jammy, I didnt expect that, the tannins are smooth. It is approaching its zenith in the next few years. Given the price it is going to be kickicking some french butt! (2005 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 9/8/2013 & rated 100 points: Dinner with Friends (SHS, Cos, Donnhoff, RM, +++) (Our home): Just love this wine. Its everything I want in a Napa Cab, not more, not less. Purple in color, opaque. The nose has cassis, slight cedar, some black licorice, some black cherries. On the palate, this is layered and gorgeous. drink it now or in 20 years IMO. It is not a monster but nothing suggests this is close to full maturity. Delicious. This kind of quality and production is impressive. (2644 views)
 Tasted by bambam on 7/25/2013 & rated 97 points: I brought this to a friend's birthday get together. On the nose we knew we were in for a treat. Cassis, graphite, dark fruits flow from the glass. The balance is seamless with not a trace of hard edges. This should drink wonderful for another 5-10 years as it continues to shed some baby fat. This will probably not go down as one of the longer living HSS but it sure does give pleasure now. Wonderful. (2818 views)
 Tasted by hawkeye54 on 7/23/2013 & rated 98 points: Drank over a three day period celebrating our first children born, a boy and a girl! Intoxicating aroma upon opening. Huge lush nose, blueberries, smoke, spice & a touch floral. The palate is much the same. Large scaled wine with just enough tannin and fruit to balance the alcohol. The second day is more of the same with a little less fruit. Third day is just beautiful lush dark fruits with less tannin showing. I preferred the wine on the third day because it was just so big the first day I couldn't drink more than one glass. This is a huge wine that needs plenty of time. (2638 views)
 Tasted by llink on 7/9/2013: 2007 Our 25th vintage of Hillside Select offers aromatic elegance and classic Stags Leap District flavors of black fruit, mocha, black plums, cassis, juicy black and red cherry, black tea, with spice and warm toast. Ripe, silken tannins result in a pleasing, lengthy finish, smooth texture, and a refined structure which offers the potential for very long term aging. Drink now – 18 years. (2782 views)
 Tasted by BK29 on 6/10/2013 & rated 97 points: Clean and bright fruit on both the nose and the palatte - raspberry, jam, some nice floral notes. Incredibly pure and smooth. Awesome wine for sure, and will only get better - did seem like it had some hidden pizzaz/potential there that didn't fully erupt. (3175 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2011, Issue #156
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