Red

1996 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 96

  • Collector1855 wrote: (94 points)

    April 19, 2014 - This is one of the Calif CabSav I collected for a long time as I frequently use it as a pirate for my high end Bordeaux tastings (together with Pahlmayer Red, Araujo and Phelps Insignia). Tasting note: Dark core with garnet rim. Evolved color but still quite dark for a 96. Quite a reserved nose a bit alcoholic. Upon taking a sip aromas of red fruit, licorice, sweet spices and some flowers. Medium bodied with very good balance in the mouth. A bit to "sweet" for my palate, but that is just personal preference. Very good CabSav no doubt but I don't go as high as RP's 98 as I feel the point preventing it from performing above 95 is its level of aromatic complexity. Ready now, great pleasure but not as good as the best ones of this vineyard. Drink up.

  • Ibetian wrote: (94 points)

    December 7, 2013 - Rich, smooth and delightful, just as described in my June note.

  • peterk Likes this wine: (95 points)

    November 28, 2013 - Deep, intense, balanced wine with beautiful dark fruit and a lingering finish. Still a baby; yet this is my third bottle this year - I've not been able to resist it.

  • Wine_lvr wrote:

    November 12, 2013 - American Belle 2nd Edition (Switzerland): Tasting note to follow

  • peterk wrote: (94 points)

    September 24, 2013 - Consistent with my last bottle (last week - can't resist this wine!)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, Issue #90 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/28/2003 (link) 96 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Blackberry, chocolate nose; well-knit, concentrated, cassis, blackberry, chocolate palate with a hint of pepper, good structure; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • 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 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 997 (71%)
  • Consumed 399 (28%)

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