Red

1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 106

  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Burgundy Al wrote: (95 points)

    November 19, 2015 - California Cult Cabernet dinner (Oak Mill Cafe - Chicago IL): Served alongside the 2001 vintage. Ripe black fruit, engaging spice, lots of vanilla and dark chocolate. Structure is in the background, but firm enough to provide balance and enable everything to come across as harmonious. One of my favorite wines of the night. Very good now, and I think this should drink great for another 5 years, perhaps longer. More pleasure now than the 2001, but I'd expect the opposite to be true in a decade.

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (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 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,464 (71%)
  • Consumed 585 (29%)

Food Pairing

Prime rib or anything that moves on 4 feet.

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91% Like It  11 votes

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