1984 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 1998 - 2005 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • jennygoldberg wrote:

    February 21, 2014 - -pretty vibrant nose despite age, bright red cherry (with a hint of sourness) dried red currant/cranberry, decent body, med tannin, balanced
    -drinkable but wouldn't cellar for much longer

  • gutt22 wrote:

    July 12, 2011 - From magnum. An interesting and wonderful wine, though probably drinking at its peak maturity. Some bricking at the rim of the glass. Complex, lovely nose of wet earth, tobacco, pencil lead, spice, and mature fruit. In the mouth, a wine that changed as it was exposed to more air and with each sip. Fully resolved structure allowed the mouth feel to take on an almost feminine quality, with terrific balance and elegance. There was plenty of fruit, showing a touch of dried currant, and layers of earth and spice that grew deeper and more resonant with time. Strong finish. A really nice wine. A-/A

  • Berno wrote:

    April 2, 2011 - Purchased on the cheap for me and my buddies b-day. (We're both '84's) 4/5 of the cork was saturated, but it came out in one piece. It was showing its age, clear brick red. In the nose, it had some funky, wet tobacco notes. There was some underlying cooked red fruit, tingling menthol and warm Earth. In the mouth, lots of acid, soft mouth coating tannins and a pretty long finish for a wine that's over the hill. Nonetheless, it was the first wine I've had from 1984, it was very special. NR

  • wconnolly wrote: (88 points)

    May 28, 2010 - Deep garnet color, slight meniscus, some dark berry fruit, cigar box and chocolate. Needed to open over a two hour period but improved and continued to open. Very nice wine. Interesting comparison to '82 Brane-Cantenac which opened early and subsequently cloised down. Drank with great friends and family at Will and Kate's rehearsal dinner in homr of Kate's birth year. Consumed with Beth, Rick, Linda, Rusty, Ann Greg and Marcia.

  • rmcnees wrote: (88 points)

    May 28, 2010 - Herbs, tobacco and subtle floral accent the black cherry fruit. Decanted for two hours - initially slightly astringent perhaps showing its age; after about two hours the fruit opened and revealed a bigger, more firm, more powerful wine. Deep purple, garnet color, starting to develop a miniscus ring. Tasted from magnum. A few years left. The second year for this label, the only year that Hillside Select wasn’t 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (7% Cabernet Franc added). Medium body, mature flavors.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1984
  • 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 1 (2%)
  • In Cellars 33 (57%)
  • Consumed 24 (41%)

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