Red

1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 111

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (98 points)

    February 9, 2017 - This has really settled down and morphed into a dynamic, complex and complete tasting experience. The wine is intense and concentrated, balanced and rich, with nuances on the palate that hold through from start to finish. At 20 years of age, this is probably fully mature, but should provide great drinking for at least another decade or longer.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    September 20, 2016 - Zachys/Mana tasting (Mana Contemporary (in Jersey City)): Tasted an HSS blind in an aged Cali tasting a few weeks ago and am just starting to get an appreciation for the amount of life in these wines. This was a complete baby. Had been opened and decanted for 2 hours and was still pretty tight. Alcohol a bit more prevalent than I would have liked (we'd just drunk a number of old world wines so more of a contrast). Mostly just not ready, but would love to sit with this in 20 years and see where it is.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • 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)
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/2/2003 (link)

    (Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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

    (Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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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    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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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
  • UPC Code 013528400023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,482 (69%)
  • Consumed 648 (30%)

Food Pairing

Prime rib or anything that moves on 4 feet.

Who Likes This Wine

92% Like It  13 votes

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