Red

2008 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
Drink between 2017 - 2029
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • ageverett Likes this wine: (95 points)

    August 1, 2014 - This was a bold a beautiful wine that really delivered. Ordered at a restaurant and decanted for approx. 1 hour. Continued to open during the meal. Nose is intoxicating; cola, graphite and eucalyptus are present, and finish is long and still leaves you wanting more. Just a stunning expression in a California cab. This clearly has many years left in the tank, but is absolutely approachable now with some air; beautiful flavors and a powerful finish. Bravo.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • D.Callahan Likes this wine: (96 points)

    June 27, 2014 - Absolutely beautiful wine. I decanted it for 1 1/2 hours then poured it back in the bottle for an additional 2 1/2 hours before pouring it into glasses. The nose was incredible with rich cassis, floral and spice notes. I could not resist taking deep sniffs before every sip. The palate had the expected huge fruit, cassis, plum, blackberries and a hint of chocolate but it was balanced with elegance by the dusty tannins, moderate acidity and enticing mineral notes. This is not an overpowering wine at all, but a wine layered with flavors that gives the feel of sophisticated elegance. The finish went on for minutes and beautifully complemented the steak. It has years of life left before hitting its peak but a good long decanting opens it up very nicely. Another winner from Shafer.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • RoseWater Likes this wine: (94 points)

    June 22, 2014 - A 4 hour decant did not do it justice. Still WAY too big. Great potential and will be a special wine, but I will give the rest of them 4 years or so of sitting before the next one. Dark fruit, tannic and alcoholic right now.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Uglypinga Likes this wine:

    May 15, 2014 - Shafer is never off. At first try it was a bit boozy to me and then food got there. Holy smokes. Raspberries and smoked beef on the nose with an amazingly textured palate full of fresh blackberries, cinnamon, and great chocolate notes. Long and just amazing.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Barbaro wrote: (95 points)

    April 20, 2014 - Decanted for 4 hours. This wine is very refined and silky smooth. Lots of dark fruit, leather, licorice, and tar. A hint of oak on the nose and palate at first but faded with more time in the glass.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2013, Issue #168 (link)

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    2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012) (link)

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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    May/June 2011, Issue #156 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 51 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3592 (91%)
  • Consumed 299 (8%)

Food Pairing

grilled lamb chops, Grilled steak, venison

Who Likes This Wine

96% Like It  26 votes