Red

2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 83

  • davidandrose Likes this wine: (98 points)

    September 16, 2017 - Uncorked but not decanted, allowed to rest for three hours. Unctuous right out of the bottle, but after 3 hrs of air this opened and softened into a dramatic, delicate wine with extensive layering.

    Dark black fruit on the nose with hints of blueberry, Spicebox, vanilla flavored tobacco and cedar.

    Just an exceptional flavor profile; an extraordinary balance of medium+ weighted fruit and Tanic structure. Dry tannins in the background provide multiple layers of depth, structure, and flavor. Unextraordinary wine with the airtime allowed. Long life remains ahead of this, this is what separates Shafer from the rest of the Call-cab pack. BRAVO!!

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  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (100 points)

    August 2, 2017 - Salon, Hillside Select Vertical, ZH, Bernabeleva (Our home): What an awesome wine. The groups #2, but my WOTN. The only thing "wrong" with this wine is that will get better. That said, it is still a 100 point wine right now. Purple in color, clear/ruby at the rim. The nose is gorgeous with cassis, cedar, char and graphite. With air some roasted meats and dark cherries come out. On the palate, this is one of those wines that are powerful yet nimble. Cassis and black cherries with some spice and char. Firm tannins. A finish that lasts forever. Delicious right now as it evolves in the glass and better as it swirls in one's mouth. Easily has two or three decades left. An example of why I think of SHS as the Lafite of Napa.

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  • cubswinws Likes this wine: (100 points)

    July 28, 2017 - Just amazing. Easily one of the best wines I have ever had. Big and juicy with perfect balance and a richness that goes on and on. At ten years of age this is drinking amazingly. My guess is that this will last forever but for maximum enjoyment, I would recommend drinking over the next ten years.

  • Don Pratt Likes this wine: (100 points)

    July 22, 2017 - My fourth magnificent bottle. Seek this out if you can afford it, or the 2001/02/10 and probably 12/13. I don't know the top Burgundies, but I've tried all the First Growths and most of the top Cabs and Syrahs. In my experience, no less-expensive wine is as good as Hillside Select, and no more-expensive wine is better.

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  • philweird wrote: (95 points)

    July 17, 2017 - Having not previously got the most out of Hillside Selects but loving the 1.5, I took some advice and gave this bottle a 6-hour decant and was well rewarded for my efforts. The fruit is still forward but the tannins are so well integrated leaving us with an almost perfect balance. These are the type of wines that one needs to make a date with to consume.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2017), 5/17/2017 (link)

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

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

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • 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 Codes 013528400023, 833959003439

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  • Pending Delivery 71 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,258 (79%)
  • Consumed 1,320 (20%)

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