Red

1998 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
Drink between 2003 - 2015
CT92.8 111 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 84

  • 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.

  • Agreenblatt wrote: (95 points)

    February 5, 2014 - Let breathe for 2 hours plus. This is still a full bodied treat but will not get better with age. Drink em if you got em. Time is running out on this one.

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  • Margauxguy wrote: (89 points)

    January 9, 2014 - A touch thin, sour cranberries, some richness. Drink up

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 921 (65%)
  • Consumed 483 (34%)

Food Pairing

pizza at karen's with H & A befroe robert cray

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