Red

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 175

  • 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
  • Jonathan T Likes this wine: (97 points)

    March 19, 2017 - Wonderful. Very classic Shafer Hillside. And, as with all HSS I've had, it tastes special. I would place it on par with 1999, a little behind 2001 and 2002, but ahead of 2000 and 2003. This vintage feels a little more commanding and masculine than some other top vintages. The last time I had this wine was 9 years ago in the Shafer tasting tour and it was impenetrable and undrinkable after a three hour decant. Tonight it was wonderful and has clearly blossomed beautifully, but I think this will be a slow developing vintage and it is still ascending. I can't imagine any wine lover not liking this wine.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine: (98 points)

    March 18, 2017 - Kleur: Diep robijnrood. Aroma / bouquet: Diep bedwelmend bouquet. Complex en intens. Donker fruit, chique nieuw hout, potloodslijpsel / grafiet. Heel subtiel tabak. Smaak / Afdronk: Wow, wat een ongelofelijk verleidelijke wijn. Vol en intens. Uitgesproken en geconcentreerd, maar in alles boterzacht. Zachte zuurgraad, krachtige maar romig zachte tannines. Gelaagd en verfijnd. Bittere chocola, ontbijtkoek, zoethout, grafiet. Krachtige en boterig zachte afdronk met zacht zoete drop in de finale. Algemeen / potentieel: Absoluut briljante wijn. Shafer Hillside Select is en blijft voor mij één van de allermooiste Napa-wijnen en één van de allermooiste wijnen van de wereld. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 14 + Smaak / Afdronk: 20 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 98/100

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    Color: Deep ruby red Aroma / bouquet:. Deep intoxicating bouquet. Complex and intense. Dark fruit, fancy new wood, pencil shavings / graphite. Very subtle tobacco. Taste / Finish: Wow, what an incredibly seductive wine. Full and intense. Pronounced and concentrated but soft as butter in everything. Soft acidity, strong but creamy soft tannins. Layered and sophisticated. Bitter chocolate, gingerbread, licorice, graphite. Powerful and buttery soft finish with soft sweet licorice in the final. General / potential: Absolutely brilliant wine. Shafer Hillside Select is and remains for me one of the most beautiful Napa wines and one of the finest wines in the world. 50+ Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 14+ Taste / Finish: 20+ General / potential: 9 = 98/100

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • JDB Likes this wine: (98 points)

    February 13, 2017 - This bottle was spectacular. I agree quite possibly the best bottle of wine I have ever had

    1 person 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)

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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

    (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

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  • Pending Delivery 24 (0%)
  • In Cellars 4,033 (72%)
  • Consumed 1,563 (28%)

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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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