Red

2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 152

  • davidandrose Likes this wine:

    June 18, 2017 - Nearly 6 years ago we purchased what we thought would be our "Forever Home", only to have our Company (rightfully) pull out all stakes in CA and relo 4k+ people to Plano Texas. Opened to celebrate the memories we've made here before the movers begin packing tomorrow.

    Opened but not decanted, kept in cellar while following over 4 hours. Still a bit tight upon opening but releasing black cherry, mellow aged oak, spiced tobacco aromas 90 mins later. Nicely balanced, this leaves a faint dry finish across the palate. Strikes me that this is in the back half of its drinking window though still doing just fine. An elegantly aged calicab

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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  • By Linda Murphy
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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 11 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,448 (71%)
  • Consumed 1,413 (29%)

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