Red

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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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.

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  • 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.

  • dbg wrote:

    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.

  • yellowbird Likes this wine:

    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.

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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)

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, 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 52 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3700 (78%)
  • Consumed 1018 (21%)

Food Pairing

Beef tenderloin, Ben and team in easton, to troy and trey's dinner party with lamb chops

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  29 votes