Red

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 163

  • Millennial Drinkers Likes this wine: (96 points)

    April 16, 2016 - Super extracted and full of complex flavors. Beautiful deep crimson red. Nose was coated in dark fruits, hint of chalkiness, and definitely some oak influence such as vanilla extract. Complex palate with a ton of dark fruits (creme de cassis and dark berries) and a slightly savory finish. Moderate plus tannins (7/10) that was pretty well integrated with a thick, extracted and full bodied. Long and lingering finish covered with dark berries, but does have some slight heat in the finish. Tastes like a 2010 or younger, definitely not a 2004. Patience will be rewarded with this wine. Drink till 2036.

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

    April 16, 2016 - This needs 12 hours decanting and I must do that next time. I think that may add 2 or 3 points. This is still not yet fully integrated although it is an absolute powerhouse. This had 6 hours and could have more.

    A very muted French style nose. Light fruit with a light woody nose. Muted baking spices in the nose too. Light leather and a hint of woody tobacco. Tannins are (8/10)

    This still has many years in it. Good strong tannins and integrated already so drinkable now. Some dark red berries and chocolate in the finish with a hint of heat. Long powerful finish.

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  • Francophile1 Likes this wine: (98 points)

    March 7, 2016 - Hard to believe I am about to say this, but this vintage of SHSS is the best I've ever had. Having had the '93, '94, '95', '96, '97', '99 multiple times before, this vintage blows them all away. The fruit, alcohol, and the "stuffing" are all in perfect symmetry right now. Based on this tasting experience, maybe I am holding on the them too long expecting something magical to happen upon its evolution. As it turns out, I should probably not cellar them as long. This is a great wine!

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  • Harry Cantrell Likes this wine: (94 points)

    February 13, 2016 - Deep garnet. Various reviews have raved about this, including someone giving a 100 points. Not for me. Mellow nose and mouth, nose lovely with rich, sweet, cherries, blueberries. Mouth was a little subdued, slightly disappointing. Perhaps a closed phase? Nose 96, mouth 92 overall 94

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Wim de Leeuw wrote: flawed

    February 12, 2016 - AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH.
    CORKED. SUBTILE CORKED. BUT STILL : CORKED.

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

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

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2013, Issue #45, Recently Tasted Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

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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 32 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,947 (74%)
  • Consumed 1,360 (25%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

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