Red

2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 114

  • WineWright Likes this wine: (98 points)

    April 16, 2016 - Brilliant wine. Absolutely brilliant.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    March 2, 2016 - Fine Wine Room Opening (Acker Merrall): I was very excited to try this wine and I'll admit a bit disappointed. It's just much too young. I think 2005 was a growing season to age and this isn't even close to the drinking window yet. Fruit is a bit heavy, wine overall is a bit heavy. Nice tannic backbone which will keep it alive, but I'd predict needs at least another 10 years or a much longer decant than it had (opened about 45 minutes before we drank it).

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Harry Cantrell Likes this wine: (94 points)

    February 27, 2016 - Deep garnet. Nose of a rich cab with berry and cinnamon flavors. Taste was rich, mouth filling, very good. But I have had even better from this producer.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • EvanRose wrote: (100 points)

    January 9, 2016 - We broke this out to celebrate our oldest daughter finally moving out at age 27. It is one of the best bottles of wine I have ever had - absolutely rich, fruit forward, well structured with a phenomenal mouthfeel and a long, round finish. Just perfect.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: (97 points)

    October 23, 2015 - 2015 New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/19/2015-10/27/2015 (New York City, NY): Still opaque ruby in color, this 10-year-old wine retains its youthful baby fat. Packed with black currants, kirsch, licorice, vanilla and loamy earth on both the nose and palate, it is a full-bodied bruiser with fresh acidity, seamless alcohol and big sweet tannins. Although this vintage of Hillside Select was aged for more than 30 months in new French oak, the oak is nicely integrated and completely harmonious with the wine's other components. There is impressive mid-palate density here, leading to a lengthy, mouth-coating finish. While I would not hesitate to open a bottle now if you have several, I would otherwise give it some additional time in the cellar. It's hard to believe that it can get even better, but I suspect that it will. Drink 2018-2035.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • 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 33 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,102 (78%)
  • Consumed 1,107 (21%)

Food Pairing

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

Who Likes This Wine

96% Like It  50 votes