Red

1985 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
Drink between 2003 - 2013
CT91.1 9 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • Cardinalscientific wrote: (90 points)

    January 21, 2012 - Very light for a California Cab. Nice nose of sandalwood and licorice along with some berries. I bet this was much better 3-5 years ago. Very good, but just past it's prime. I wish I drank it sooner.

  • JCF Likes this wine: (92 points)

    February 13, 2010 - The wine looks Brick colored.
    It smells like Rose, Honeysuckle, and Pine.
    It tastes like Pine, Sandalwood, Rose, Strawberry, and Tea.
    The body is Medium.
    The wine is textured Silky.
    The wine finishes Long.

  • Cheryl wrote:

    September 30, 2009 - Dinner with the Ladies (Uncle Jack's, New York, NY): I have to say, this bottle confirmed that my Cali Cab sweet spot is the 1990's. I've had many positive experiences with SHS in the 00's and 90's and thought that the 80's would just add more integration and layers. And, while it did, it lost the darker fruity qualities, which are part of my favorite notes in Cali Cab. I got green pepper and fresh qualities like newly cut grass. This was nice, but give me a 1997 anytime.

  • Diane (LI) wrote:

    September 30, 2009 - The nose started out mute, but developed pretty aromas of tobacco and black cherry. There was a little thinness on the palate, but it was fresh tasting with sweet fruit.

  • Nanda wrote: (92 points)

    January 11, 2007 - Shafer Hillside Select Vertical (Zealous - Chicago, IL): Bronze ruby with a potent, complex nose of cedar, red currants, tobacco and ashtray. Palate has currants, sweet herbs and cedar. Soft and mature; remaining tannins are silky. 4+14+17+7=92

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/14/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Bricking very dark red violet color; tart blackberry, mint, ripe currant, roasted black fruit nose; tasty, tart blackberry, ripe currant, black plum, dried salty plum palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2003 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Herbaceous nose; concentrated, berry, cassis, cherry palate with a licorice note; long finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • 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 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 55 (61%)
  • Consumed 34 (38%)

Food Pairing

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