Red

2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 149

  • 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mikdal wrote: (97 points)

    November 19, 2016 - Fantastic!

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  • mtolerico Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 4, 2016 - Cherry Secret, cinnamon, cassis, currants ripe raspberry and a good amount of oak. Very good, but not worth the money, strange how Parker had this as a 95 then 100 then 95... Seems odd to me.

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  • dcwino wrote: (95 points)

    June 30, 2016 - Domestic Red Wine Dinner - 94 & 95 Harlan, 05 Bionic, Selosse Le Bout du Clos and etc. (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner): Expressive nose displaying creme de cassis, dry cherries, licorice, bitter chocolate, dark spices and earth. Incredible concentration, intense jammy dark fruits, bright acidity, slightly coarse tannins and very long finish with a slightly bitter end. This bottles seems to show even more concentration than the last bottle. This is a monster with strong structure. A hint of bitterness is present.

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  • 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
    6/23/2008 (link)

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

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  • 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

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 14 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,435 (72%)
  • Consumed 1,319 (28%)

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