Red

2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 155

  • Millennial Drinkers wrote: (95 points)

    August 25, 2017 - Last of the blind red wines at this quarter's S&E Wine Club, which for red was either Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or Merlot from either Rutherford or Stags Leap District. Thanks Dad!

    Deep and dark ruby red. Tons of sweet spices and black fruits on the nose, so rich. Heavy tannins (7.6/10) and literally melts in your mouth. Well rounded and integrated throughout. Tons of blackberries, cinnamon, and vanilla on the palate, some cigar box too. Full bodied and long finish. Stunning wine as always. Drink till 2030.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • walkerjfw wrote: (96 points)

    August 15, 2017 - BYO dinner with Jim N and Paul G (Russet, Philadelphia PA): Last wine of the evening, one of my contributions. Decanted for about 45 minutes before drinking.

    Dense purple core color, mild rim seraration. Nose of blackberry, plum, graphite. Plate showing dark berries, cassis, savory notes.
    Secondary notes of cedar and dark chocolate...Rich mouthfeel and texture, long and layered finish.

    This seems to be in it's prime drinking zone, I would say fully mature with the legs to go another 7-10 years. Spectacular cab (as expected from SHS). My WOTN...

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  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (96 points)

    August 2, 2017 - Salon, Hillside Select Vertical, ZH, Bernabeleva (Our home): This was probably the closest to maturity of any of the wines in the flight. Purple with a ruby rim. The nose has cassis and some cedar. Also a bit of roasted meats. Some found a bit of raisin but I did not. Very deep. On the palate, this is well balanced. Great texture. It is sweeter than the rest but I think it is fruit and not residual sugar. Long finish. Pretty close to mature but plenty of time left.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • davidandrose Likes this wine:

    June 18, 2017 - Nearly 6 years ago we purchased what we thought would be our "Forever Home", only to have our Company (rightfully) pull out all stakes in CA and relo 4k+ people to Plano Texas. Opened to celebrate the memories we've made here before the movers begin packing tomorrow.

    Opened but not decanted, kept in cellar while following over 4 hours. Still a bit tight upon opening but releasing black cherry, mellow aged oak, spiced tobacco aromas 90 mins later. Nicely balanced, this leaves a faint dry finish across the palate. Strikes me that this is in the back half of its drinking window though still doing just fine. An elegantly aged calicab

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  • SMHalps Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 6, 2017 - Had this alongside a 2004 Harlan Estate. This was opened, but not decanted for 2 hours before we poured it. Great wine, full bodied, with a long finish. Notes of black cherry, some vanilla, and lite, but still present tanins. A good contrast to the Harlan which had more blueberry notes.

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

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  • By Linda Murphy
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    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/23/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque black red violet color; deep black fruit, ripe berry, black currant nose; tasty, black currant, berry, black fruit, dark chocolate palate with sweet, plush tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 13 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,436 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,447 (30%)

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