Red

1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 2004 - 2025 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 107

  • mrmedoes wrote: flawed

    July 14, 2016 - Horribly corked. Kills you on something this aged

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Ibetian wrote: (94 points)

    March 20, 2016 - At Tampa CT Spring break. Cork broke on both bottles when I opened them, decanted the first through a strainer. Surprisingly, I think this could use another couple of years in the cellar; seemed slightly closed on nose and palate. But that said, it was beautifully balanced, and likely has significant upside.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • levinml wrote: (94 points)

    March 5, 2016 - Maybe my expectations for Shafer Hillside have just gotten too high, and when you add in almost 20 years old from stellar vintage, drinking in Riedel Grand Crus and decanting a couple hours, I was expecting fireworks. While it's clearly a great, elite wine, I think it was still so dense I couldn't find flavors to enjoy. Maybe just too much. Not sure, but I'm disappointed. High class problem, I guess.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (99 points)

    December 31, 2015 - Stunning. One of the best Shafer HSS I have had. Smooth, and seamless upon opening. Sexy, seductive, and elegant. More like a Bordeaux than a modern Cali cab. Cherries, wet wood, pencil lead, wet charcoal. see previous notes.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (99 points)

    December 16, 2015 - Terrific. Flirting with perfection. Sexy, subtle, old world, and very much like a 20 year old Bordeaux. Smooth as silk, wonderful red and blue fruits, a little dust, pencil shaving, and espresso. No heat. Just perfectly smooth and seductive.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/2/2003 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/12/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; lovely, blackberry, ripe cassis, black fruit nose; tasty, rich, blackberry, black currant, black fruit palate; still needs 3-plus years; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/5/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Big, ripe red currant, licorice, blackberry and vanilla nose; big cassis, blackberry, vanilla oak palate, with firm tannins; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,473 (71%)
  • Consumed 595 (29%)

Food Pairing

Prime rib or anything that moves on 4 feet.

Who Likes This Wine

91% Like It  11 votes

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