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2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Community Tasting Notes 124
T.E.D. wrote: (92 points)
October 2, 2014 - University Club NY Selection - 2 hour decant/consumption. Dark and cloudy color, dense blackberry , unfiltered in nature. Nose is big and present, dark berry, jam, pepper jam, evergreen, mint, and toothpaste. On the palate the wine is thick and mouth coating - acute black fruit flavor, dusty berry, chewy cassis, syrup, eucalyptus, evergreen, and clay. Straight forward and bombastic, I question how additional age will benefit this wine given the lack of acid and tannin. Secondary notes are a bit lacking and an engineered quality of the wine is present (lack of terroir?) which is typical I have noticed. Drink now, as the wine will only become flatter over time.1 person found this helpful Comment
patwjr Likes this wine: (96 points)
September 20, 2014 - Decanted for one hour; rebottled for restaurant & then drank over 2 hours. A touch tight at first, but by end of 1st glass became so rich & smooth. Beautiful fruit, balance, smooth tannins, still lots of life, but with some air it's fantastic to enjoy now.
floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (97 points)
September 19, 2014 - The smell when the bottle was opened was simply amazing. The bouquet and the fruit was incredible. We decanted for 4 hours. This Wine was thick, inky, and very syrupy. It coated the glass. The body is medium/full. The wine had a silky texture, it was incredible smooth and easy to drink. The wine finishes long for 30+ seconds. This was an outstanding bottle. It blew the 2006 out of the water.
September 18, 2014 - Dark purple to rim, intense nose of dark berries, mocha, full body, palate coating, rich ripe fruit, long finish, kept improving over 1-2 hours, outstanding, a bit better than the 2002, neck and neck with the 2001.
August 30, 2014 - Powerful yet graceful - this wine is the pinnacle of what makes Napa so known for cab. Decanted for 30 minutes and paired with Italian pastas and red sauce - simply perfect in every way.
Pro Reviews 3
View From the Cellar
By John Gilman
May/Jun 2013, Issue #45, Recently Tasted Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines
(Shafer “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Hemming
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Red) Subscribe to see review text.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2007, Issue #132 (link)
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2004
- 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 52 (1%)
- In Cellars 3700 (78%)
- Consumed 1018 (21%)