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2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
- Napa Valley
- Stags Leap District
Community Tasting Notes 151
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.
floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (98 points)
February 9, 2017 - This is a big boy. Needs at least 3 hours to settle the heat down a little. Its best day 2. But massive flavors of berries, cola, cedar, and mocha. It does have some warmth that needs a decant to mellow. But this is an awesome wine if you like big in your face cabs. Not overly rich, heavy or sweet.
DrinkBordeaux wrote: (93 points)
December 16, 2016 - I have always enjoyed the style of Shafer HS; for me, they are not over-the-top but perhaps lack some interest at times. This was one of the interesting ones and was easy to like. Yes, the oak was evident, but not overbearing. The nose showed blackberry, blueberry, herbs, vanilla, and coconut. Full-bodied and mouth-filling, with firm, round tannins. Could have used a bit more freshness, as might be expected.
Xavier Auerbach wrote: (94 points)
December 10, 2016 - A private tasting (Restaurant De Ertepeller, Papendrecht. NL): Tasted blind. Youthful appearance, starting to evolve at the edges; rich nose of smoky bacon, deep, cassis and spices; slightly alcoholic palate, medicinal, rich tannins, mouthfilling, cocoa, big and full, powerful but ripe tannins, very good length, cocoa and coffee, plummy fruit.
mikdal wrote: (97 points)
November 19, 2016 - Fantastic!
Pro Reviews 4
By Stephen Tanzer
Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)
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By Linda Murphy
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
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
- 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
- Pending Delivery 17 (0%)
- In Cellars 3,449 (72%)
- Consumed 1,349 (28%)
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