Red

1998 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
Drink between 2003 - 2015
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Community Tasting Notes 86

  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (94 points)

    November 29, 2014 - Opened the first bottle and decanted for 3 hours. Opened the second bottle and just popped and poured. All 4 of us thought the 2nd bottle was better than the first as the second bottle was much fuller, more body, and definitely more fruit on the finish. Excellent bottle for $200. I have never had a bad Shafer and we drink a lot of them. Even a bad bottle of Shafer is a treat. I would not decant this wine for more than 30 minutes. Its a good shafer but the 2001-2007, & 2010 are certainly better.
    Tasting notes: The wine is very dark and inky colored. The legs are slow. There is heavy sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, strawberry jam and cherry. There is a little alcohol on the nose and slightly on the finish but not enough to over power the wine. The body is medium/full. The wine has silky smooth texture. The wine finishes medium for 20+ seconds. The wine has low acidity.

  • monk1019 wrote: (94 points)

    October 2, 2014 - Well, consider it the best Napa Cab I've ever had. Perfect in every way!! Key word? Balance!!!!!

  • Bcw1989 wrote: (92 points)

    August 31, 2014 - Huge wine with a dark garnet look to it. Loads of read fruit on the nose and taste was long, but most of the tannins have gone away. Did not evolve much on the glass over dinner and drinking by itself after dinner. Beginning to see a shorter cellar life with this wine, but still today, is a nice experience.

  • jackaroo wrote: (93 points)

    February 14, 2014 - Fantastic, but not much of a future remaining. Drink up and enjoy!

  • thomaskeil wrote: (91 points)

    February 10, 2014 - Decanted 2 hours with benefit. Reddish violet color. Nose is full of CS fruit and some tobacco, leather, vanilla/mocha, and with some etoh poking through. The palate is medium+ bodied with supporting acidity and softening tannins. More balanced than complex, either texturally or flavor profile. Etoh again pokes through on the palate just a bit. Either I'm more sensitive or the lessening of the fruit 'load' allows the heat to emerge. Good length and very nice with NY strips.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/2/2003 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2012 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Dark red violet color; tart plum, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup nose; rich, tart plum, cassis, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup palate; has decades to go; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Very dark red violet color; roasted black fruit, tart plum, charcoal nose; tasty, very tight, tart black fruit, tar, charcoal palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Black fruit and cassis nose; concentrated rich plum and black fruit palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/30/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Licorice, black fruit nose; concentrated, black fruit, licorice, chocolate palate; medium-plus finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    1/6/2003 (link)

    (Shafer Hillside Select) Amazing nose. Currants, cassis, violets, nuts, raspberry, menthol, an amazing thickness to the nose. Very layered. Super concentrated on the palate. Perfectly balanced with layers of classicaly concentrated cab fruit. Caressing tannins. Outstanding length. Lives up to the hype even in this weak vintage.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 922 (64%)
  • Consumed 506 (35%)

Food Pairing

Mushrooms & chicken., pizza at karen's with H & A befroe robert cray

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  4 votes