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2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Community Tasting Notes 44
flashvictor Likes this wine: (98 points)
September 10, 2014 - Decanted 5 hours. Dark violet color leads to an explosive nose of blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla. Full body shows dark fruit, chocolate, Asian spice and a hint off bell pepper. Silky finish lasts well over a minute.
Wow! This is a great wine. It manages to simultaneously be a huge Napa Cab yet retain a ton of finesse. This drinks great now with a long decant. I think there could be some upside to additional aging. Bravo!
floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (98 points)
July 26, 2014 - One of the most amazing wines I have had ever. Had at Hutch's in buffalo. Just popped and poured. Wine was dark, thick, and almost a syrupy feel. Very creamy and buttery mouth feel. Finish went on what seemed for ever. Fruit was outstanding. Wine was balanced perfectly. I imagine a 2 hour decant would have raised this wine to a 99 or 100.
July 5, 2014 - Everything you want from a cab. Cassis, beef, great texture and body, present but unobtrusive tannins, length, balance. My perfect cab.
May 8, 2014 - The ruby-black, unctuously-textured 2007 Hillside Select is a large-scaled wine, even by the standards of this extravagant cuvée, bursting from the glass with ripe aromas of kirsch, cassis, blueberries, charcoal and subtle woodsmoke. The wine's copious baby fat is beginning to eat up the oak, which is already quite well integrated. On the palate, the acids are fresh, and the wine's vast volume is nicely balanced out by mid-palate depth; the question will be if that balance will endure as the wine ages. Based on the performance of Shafer's massive 2002, it probably will!
pdemaio wrote: (95 points)
April 15, 2014 - Big but not bruising, this is a focused wine with great complexity and is a good example of what California wines can be when they are more subtle than the big bold harlans etc. Great finish. Great secondary spices and wood on the nose.
Pro Reviews 1
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2011, Issue #156 (link)
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2007
- 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
- Pending Delivery 74 (1%)
- In Cellars 4511 (88%)
- Consumed 563 (11%)