Red

1985 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 2000 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • Vinnut Likes this wine: (92 points)

    September 6, 2015 - Medium-deep garnet in color with ever-so-slight clearing at the edges. Initially reticent with notes of leather & prunes; later developing with decanting and extended airing into a forward, attractive & complex nose of mature & developed, ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blueberries & plums with classic cigar box overtones of cedar & tobacco, leather, dried herbs, mint, licorice, dusty, spices, minerals, smoky and a hint of toasty oak. Medium-full bodied with good concentration of smooth textured & elegant, developed & mature, complex ripe fruit flavors of dark cherries, blueberries & plums with herbs, spices, minerals, earthy and a touch of toasty oak. Lingering silky finish. Drinks quite well at present and appears to be at its peak of development and should hold for a few more years although I doubt any further development would occur from additional aging. A nicely aged classic Napa Cab; still going strong at 30 years of age.

  • 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.

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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 71 (62%)
  • Consumed 43 (37%)

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