Red

2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 144

  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (97 points)

    June 4, 2016 - As most reviews show this is still big and hot. Like the 2001-2004 these need lots of air to settle down. I recommend drinking this the second day after a 4-6 hour decant. Full bodied, rich, elegant, sexy. Loads of red fruits, cherry cola, charcoal, and dark chocolate. Its hot upon opening so it will need time.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • markswine Likes this wine: (96 points)

    May 14, 2016 - Too young and primary, but will be fun in 10 years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dcwino wrote: (96 points)

    April 22, 2016 - RJ's birthday gathering - perfect 09 VCC and 01 Yquem (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner): Expressive Napa cult cab nose displaying cassis, licorice, cedar and dark spices. Excellent concentration, unctuous yet silky palate, cassis driven palate impression and very long finish with cassis and cedar as the end notes. My mind plays trick trying to related to the ripeness of the 03 Bordeaux. Obviously no roasted flavor here. If you like HSS, this will really make you happy.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • AtoZ wrote:

    February 16, 2016 - I liked this with porterhouse. Very blueberry. Big. Not elegant. Hot year for sure but still fun.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    January 30, 2016 - Zachys Power of Packaging - Jan 2016 (Smith & Wollensky (48th & 3rd Ave)): This is a beautiful wine and definitely needs another 10 or so years to really grow into itself. The fruit is just a bit more overly powerful right now - both red and black currant. There's some nice black pepper. Was tasty enough that I considered bidding on some HSS lots during the auction although none hit the right price point. Glad we've maintained our allocation, but have most enjoyed this around 20 years of age so have some waiting to do for the ones in our cellar.

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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 25 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,372 (73%)
  • Consumed 1,228 (27%)

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