Red

1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 68

  • WineWright wrote: flawed

    July 9, 2016 - As evidenced by the photo I uploaded, the cork exploded upon removal. While I could initially smell beautiful aromas of dark fruits, I also picked up on a troubling whiff of cork taint, and after clearing the cork, decanting, and tasting the wine my fears were confirmed. It was corked but only mildly, so I decided to let the wine come to room temperature and open. As it warmed the strength and beauty of the wine caught up and muted the cork taint to the point that we could actually drink it. While not the experience we desired, I was pleased not to have to pour a '95 HSS down the drain!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • DrEdwardo Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 14, 2016 - I was worried because this bottle had a punk cork. Despite best efforts with an ah-so corkscrew (after regular corkscrews hollowed out the cork, decanting through a mesh sieve salvaged the situation. Opaque colour. Big graphite and sweet cassis entry and finish. Plush tannins and texture. Plenty of years left.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • wculpepper Likes this wine: (95 points)

    January 30, 2016 - Good fill. Cork broke on removal. Decanted for four hours; moderate sediment. Deep ruby to the rim. Lovely nose of dark fruits and cigar box. Stunningly full mouth feel with full-bodied dark fruit well balanced by lively acids and smooth tannins. Long finish of tart black cherries. A great wine chosen for my birthday celebration; I was not disappointed. Should be good for many more years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jbroich Likes this wine: (97 points)

    December 26, 2015 - Drank two bottles on Christmas eve. Fabulous showing. Dark crimson Not fading at the rim. On the nose typical cs perfume with a Little cedar and a whiff of cedar. On the palate, red berries, tropischen wood and surprisingly faint Banana

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Jeff Leve wrote: (96 points)

    December 9, 2015 - Full bodied, rich, plush, fat and juicy, the wine is lush, round textured, concentrated, delicious and packed with fruit, plus it's ready to go!

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser, 4/10/2005

    (Shafer .Hillside Select) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/2/2003 (link)

    (Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011 (link)

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Very dark red violet color; corked nose; corked, tart plum palate; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/11/2010 (link) 93 points

    (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.

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/29/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Herbal, bay leaf and tart plum nose; nice, poised, plum and black fruit palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (0%)
  • In Cellars 997 (70%)
  • Consumed 421 (30%)

Food Pairing

with a prime strip steak

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