Red

1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 73

  • WineWright Likes this wine: (95 points)

    October 21, 2016 - brilliant!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Anonymous wrote: flawed

    September 24, 2016 - USA 1995 (@ JK): Not completely undrinkable, but without any doubt corked.

  • jkoenen wrote:

    September 24, 2016 - Corked.

  • acyso wrote: (83 points)

    September 10, 2016 - Flickinger Warehouse Tasting (Chicago, IL): This wine starts out promising enough, with a very heady and sweet black fruit aroma. The palate is similar in that respect too, though it comes out a bit too syrupy for my taste. Then you get to the finish, which is marred with an inordinate amount of prickly oak that leaves a really unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

  • rcg62 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    September 4, 2016 - Great color, still looking youthful. Big palate of dark black cherry fruit with some tar notes. Plenty of life left. Nothing particularly unique about it but a nice bold cab.

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1995 Cabernets (Jun 2016), 6/1/2016 (link)

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

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.

JancisRobinson.com

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

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

Vinous

  • 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.

RJonWine.com

  • 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 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 990 (69%)
  • Consumed 447 (31%)

Food Pairing

with a prime strip steak

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