Red

2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 123

  • Doni.Bertolami wrote: (94 points)

    November 29, 2014 - The Shafer 2003 Hillside Select was big, bold and on the edge of being overripe. On the palate there's a good structure and enough minerality to keep it on the ground. It smells of blueberries, creme de cassis, mint, vanilla, chocolate and cinamon. After 11 years the influence of the new french oak is still obvious by strong toasty and vanilla flavours and a distinct spicyness. In combination with the fruit it seems much younger than it actually is. Certainly, the Shafer is a well crafted fun wine to drink with a good aging potential. With air the confit berry notes became a bit more decent and the wine showed more depth but overall I was missing the complexity to give this a higher score.

  • reichken wrote: (90 points)

    November 25, 2014 - Dark as night, lush big bold blue fruits and some chocolate ..in the mouth it is very ripe and still some wood, very fruit driven wine. Prbly needs more time but not the best HSS I've had

  • KenK wrote: (93 points)

    August 16, 2014 - Quite nice, although a bit brooding and not as complex as the Abreu 2003 Madrona. Big bold ripe black cherry fruit in almost a candied style. Lush, creamy and ripe. large scale and mouthcoating. Long and rich. A tad monolythic, but huge crowd pleaser as drained in minutes of being opened. Not sure if this develops kore, nut drinking quite nice today.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: (91 points)

    August 16, 2014 - Wine with Grilled Meat (Chez Whitehead - Northbrook IL): Ripe plum and black cherry with licorice, dark chocolate and tobacco notes. Big and powerful, with ripeness supporting with enough structure to keep this just short of seeming overly ripe.

  • mactheknife wrote: (97 points)

    July 14, 2014 - Great balance; fruit is still there in an almost youthful way, but it is nicely integrated; tannins in control. Many years left. Hard to believe it will get better, but I have a feeling it will. Expensive but it never disappoints.

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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 22 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3198 (75%)
  • Consumed 1021 (24%)

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