Red

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 178

  • jda8600 wrote: (94 points)

    July 30, 2017 - Slow ox for 4 hours, decanted for 1 hour, drank over 2 hour period. Blue to dark fruit aromatics, plum with dominant minerality on the palate. Bottle had tremendous energy with sharp, penetrating acidity with a lingering finish. Quality effort, but lack of fruit on the palate effected my overall score, but certainly could have been this bottle in particular.

  • 6831 wrote: (97 points)

    July 15, 2017 - Spectacular napa cabernet. Very deep and complex with still youthful fresh red and black berry fruit complimented by firm midpalate flavors of Smokey creosote and herb. Superbly balanced from nose to finish. Can only hope my 05 is this good

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Hamersly wrote: (96 points)

    July 4, 2017 - Initially pnp and somewhat disjointed, score reflects the drinking experience after a one hour decant. Would probably score higher with 4+ hours, as it evolved in leaps and bounds with air. Beautiful, complex and deeply satisfying.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Jimbo0208 Likes this wine: (98 points)

    April 23, 2017 - One of the best wines I've ever had.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mflesh wrote:

    April 14, 2017 - Out of all the wines in the lineup, the 01 Caymus SS was my favorite, followed by the 87 and 88 Mondavi Cabernets, and then this 04 Shafer Hillside. Still a TON of black and blue cabernet fruits still available. This wine had a little bit of an interesting nose, but the palate made up for it in hedonistic aged cab glory....with the exception that it wan't showing many signs of age! This wine was a great companion to the others enjoyed this afternoon. For its age, this one had a bunch of youth to it. Hint of vanilla and almost like a gouda cheese note. Well balanced wine with tannin in check and ready to take on the world (finally!). Drink now!

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • 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 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

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

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  • 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.

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  • By Richard Hemming
    2/21/2013 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (0%)
  • In Cellars 4,071 (72%)
  • Consumed 1,590 (28%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef tenderloin, Creamy Polenta, Dave - steak tips in NH, English Peas & Pearl Onions, Leg of lamb, PAN ROASTED COLORADO LAMB LOIN, Prime Rib, Rack of lamb, Steak, to troy and trey's dinner party with lamb chops

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