Red

2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
Drink between 2008 - 2025
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Community Tasting Notes 121

  • 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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  • levinml wrote: (94 points)

    May 3, 2014 - Kind of a disappointment for a Shafer HS. Still (as always) deep, balanced, long, great nose, all the good stuff, etc. But something missing in terms of flavor. Nothing off putting, just seemed missing a dimension of some fruit that always makes HS so good. Maybe a dumb phase. Try again in a couple years.

  • wineglas wrote: (94 points)

    March 23, 2014 - Awesome Napa Cabernet Tasting (Hillside, Montelena, Mayback and more) (Minneapolis, MN): Decanted one hour. Big wine with oak, spice, vanilla, cherry and crushed rock. Picks up a hint of mint on the palate. Still quite young and later in the night got even better. Should improve over a decade. 94 to 96.

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  • By Linda Murphy
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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 21 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3197 (76%)
  • Consumed 1013 (24%)

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