Red

2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 139

  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (95 points)

    August 2, 2017 - Salon, Hillside Select Vertical, ZH, Bernabeleva (Our home): Not quite as good as a bottle a few years ago. I wonder if this was hurt by pop and pour (or not). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, toast, and a bit of green bell pepper. Some found that last one a bit distracting. I had no issue with it. There was an odd quality to this wine as at time it seemed under ripe and at other times over ripe. I do think some air would have made it more consistent but I am not sure where it might have settled down. That said, those are nit picks on a tremendous wine. It drinks "Bordeaux" like in a sense. Cassis, some sweet fruit, some bell pepper. Medium tannins. Long finish. I hate saying a wine is in an odd place, but perhaps this one was. Still, had it been on its own with dinner, it would have been great. #spoiled

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • wlcoleman Likes this wine: (96 points)

    June 24, 2017 - Deep dark purple. Completely opaque.

    Decanted for 3 hours.

    Really good. Tannins completely mellowed and fruit on point. I got less complexity on the pallet than would have taken to make this a truly great one - there's oak but couldn't get much else - but definitely still very happy to have had this. Finish goes on for days (or at least 30 seconds).

    Definitely has the structure and power to last another 5 years but not sure it can go 10 unless you like something much more mellow fruit wise. For me this is in a really nice drinking window where everything is put together but the fruit is still really bright.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Agreenblatt wrote: (96 points)

    June 14, 2017 - Drank at beach, didn't need to decant at all. So good.

    1 person found this helpful
  • The_Oracle Likes this wine:

    April 4, 2017 - Huge wine and drank much younger than it's bottle age. I won't open another for at least 5 years. Beautiful, big, bold wine!

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

    March 25, 2017 - Decanted 3 hours prior to consumption. Dark tanzanite color gives no clues to this being a 12 year old wine. The huge nose reveals blackberry, currant, dark chocolate and a little saddle leather. The full body shows great dark fruit wrapped in smooth sweet tannin. Finish lasts 45 seconds.

    This is a outstanding example of Napa Cabernet. I expect this has at least another two decades of life.

    2 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
    Vintage Retrospective: 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (May 2016), 5/1/2016 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Napa) Subscribe to see review text.

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

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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 25 (0%)
  • In Cellars 4,308 (76%)
  • Consumed 1,310 (23%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

crab bisque, Fish (halibut, flounder), lobster taco, morel and pork shank sauce., stir fried lobster rice, t bone steak

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  63 votes

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