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1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Community Tasting Notes 40
December 20, 2014 - crumbled cork , nice cab , missing at least one dimension , nice , but probably a few years late
Naplesgolfer Likes this wine: (94 points)
December 19, 2014 - Drank out of 6L. Decanted for 3 hrs. This is at it's peak right now. Not you typical hillside select. A little lighter and very balanced. Fruit and the acid and tannin very resolved. Older Bordeaux-esque.
Marc wrote: (91 points)
August 10, 2014 - Dinner in Normandale (Normandale, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand): Clear aromas of sauteed green bell peppers combine with blackcurrants and classy cedar and oak character. A touch of dusty complexity and also a hint of oxidation that suggests the wine is slightly past its peak. The palate has outstanding definition and a long and rich finish, with slightly elevated acids. In no way is the wine drying out. Compared to the two great 1990 bordeaux wines that preceded it, this felt stylistically in the middle of the two wines, sharing a hint of the extravagant opulence of the Montrose and also some of the classic poise of the La Mission Haut Brion. Certainly the most developed of the trio. The dualism of both ripe and unripe fruit quality marks this as a wine that may not have achieved complete physiological ripeness in the vineyard. I liked this wine very much but it was well and truly outclassed by the two superstars drunk in the same flight.
May 8, 2014 - The 1991 Hillside Select is surprisingly reminiscent of a rustic 1982 Bordeaux, although a certain inner sweetness identifies it as Californian on the palate. Aromas of cedar, herbs and briary fruits emerge from the glass, and the wine seems to grow with air, gaining richness and completeness on the palate to put in a very creditable showing. Doug Shafer recollects that this wine was opaque and viscous in its youth, but it has evolved into quite a civilized beast, albeit with a slightly more rustic character than one finds in subsequent vintages.
May 3, 2014 - Wine with Steak and Morels (Chez Kailin - Northbrook IL): Tasted double blind. Lots of black fruit aromas and flavors at a feet attractive point in its evolutionary development. Well supported with good spice and structure. Very pleasurable today, but this has the stuffing to continue to age well.
Pro Reviews 1
By Jancis Robinson, MW
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 1991
- Type Red
- Producer Shafer
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
- Designation Hillside Select
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Napa Valley
- Appellation Stags Leap District
- UPC Code 013528400023
- Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
- In Cellars 197 (69%)
- Consumed 89 (31%)