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2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Community Tasting Notes 127
The Wine Guy Likes this wine: (95 points)
December 27, 2014 - Blackberry, currant, dark cheery, light tobaco with cedar and vanilla notes and with firm edgy tannins. Opened this bottle for a 30th anniversary at Etch in Nashville TN. The other bottle we had five years for a 25 anniversary. This wine was more expressive and the five years of additional aging only allowed for a more complex and longer finish. We decanted the wine and this one will age another 10 years. Too bad no more anniversary wine left.
KenK Likes this wine: (93 points)
December 27, 2014 - Nice darh rich blackberry and dark cherry. Smooth and heady, but a touch shy. Quite nice and fine, just find profile a tad closed vs other better vintages.
McKraftyWino Likes this wine: (97 points)
December 25, 2014 - On a nite of a dozen 2003's this bottle was one of the two best (hundred acres was the other 'best')
all the 2003's started off slowly, not much nose, not much pizazz however they all later evolved in the glass.
This one was a standout among the crew.
Anonymous wrote: (98 points)
December 12, 2014 - Very lush wine with ripe berry fruits, some coffee, sweet spices, sweetness, good acidity and round tannin. Great and lovely and luxurious wine. Ready now, but no problem cellaring this until well into the 2020's. Hope to taste/drink this again around 2020+. 98+1 person found this helpful Comment
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.
Pro Reviews 3
By Linda Murphy
(Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Red) Subscribe to see review text.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2007, 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 22 (1%)
- In Cellars 3208 (75%)
- Consumed 1035 (24%)