1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
Drink between 2002 - 2013
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Community Tasting Notes 35

  • emtame wrote: (92 points)

    June 30, 2013 - The tannins are almost fully resolved in this smooth, dark beauty. Had this with a '99 Larkmead and they were both delicious. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

  • TTTDDWines wrote:

    October 12, 2012 - Amazing chart topping

  • ASG24 wrote:

    May 9, 2012 - My buddy Mr. Nowak said it all.

  • jeff nowak wrote: (90 points)

    March 3, 2012 - 14% alcohol. not decanted. followed in the glass for 3 hours. no primary fruit, no residual tannin. shows notes of cedar, mild cigar, cassis, and vanilla/oak. one of the first wines i ever bought from napa and cellared meticulously. at age 14 it is a fine representation of the vintage, and i find it to be interesting, yet past prime. my opinion is that wines like this lack a basic structure and vinification to warrant 10+ years past vintage. i don't mean that as a criticism, merely an observation. i deplore the concept that napa cabs must behave like bordeaux. only a few months ago i participated in a high end tasting of 97 napa cabs punctuated by several of the "cults." this little guy was every bit as good, if not better, than almost all of those. well done. drink now.

  • KristianT wrote: (92 points)

    December 10, 2011 - Very nice wine. Fresh and elegant. Classic California Cabernet nose, with hints of cedar and mint.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 013528300026

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (1%)
  • In Cellars 252 (58%)
  • Consumed 180 (41%)

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