Red

1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 93

  • Barbaro wrote: (96 points)

    May 24, 2014 - Decanted for 1 hour. The wine continued to open up and evolve with more air. Lots of blue and black fruit on the nose and palate. Still has lots of power and intensity. Hint of wood on the finish which faded with time in the glass and decanter. Absolutely beautiful wine and could probably get even better with more time.

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  • William Kelley Likes this wine: (96 points)

    May 8, 2014 - Shafer's 1997 Hillside Select is a magisterial wine of epic proportions, and by some margin my favorite example of this cuvée. Seriously endowed with fine-grained tannins, it needs some time in the decanter to open up, but when it does the aromatic display of blueberry, blackberry, spring flowers and woodsmoke is magical. On the palate this wine is undeniably massive, but the savory tannins give a more classical, mineral character to the wine than one finds in, say, the more super-ripe 2002 or 2007 vintages here. The 1997 Hillside is aging very gracefully indeed, without any trace of over-ripeness or heat, and may even be a few years away from its profound best. But it is a reference point for California Cabernet, and certainly one of the wines of the vintage.

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  • AtoZ wrote: (94 points)

    February 14, 2014 - Delicious. Needed a decant to integrate the wood. Still most primary.

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  • slywka7 Likes this wine: (100 points)

    January 11, 2014 - Wine Dinner at Collyer Catering In Westport, CT. (Collyer Catering): Was very excited to try this and it did not disappoint. Aromas of dried cherry, dusty berry, clove and blackberry on the nose. As the wine sat in the glass the nose continued to evolve. The palate revealed flavors of blackberry, red currant, dried cherry, touch of pepper, earth and mineral. Did not taste like a 17 year old wine because it was still very fresh and must have been impeccably stored. This wine had no hard edges, was incredibly balanced and had a finish that approached a minute. Simply an unbelievable wine.

  • shaferguy91 wrote: (95 points)

    November 17, 2013 - Decanted 1.5 hours.

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  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1313 (74%)
  • Consumed 472 (26%)

Food Pairing

Prime rib or anything that moves on 4 feet.

Who Likes This Wine

86% Like It  7 votes