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Saturday, September 14, 2013 - This was disapponting. I love SHS but not this one. It is a super hot, super concentrated mess, relatively speaking given its price. The nose is wonderful, except for the alcohol heat. In the mouth it is intense and concentrated cassis but strong, too strong of new oak. And again I say it is hot. Too hot. The finish is long and voluptuous but both the discordant, predominant notes of oak and alcohol play a major role. So if this wine were $40 or $50, I would think it was fine. At the actual price, it is a parody of a big Napa cab. I am, however, optimistic that in five or maybe fifteen years my remaining botles will be wonderful. Or at least good enough to make me think I am getting my moneys worth They just are nowhere near that now. The 03 Pavie and the 01 Quilceda seriously buried the Shafer. And I recognize, given the comments on CT and reviews by Parker and Tanzer and all, that I am expressing a minority view. But I hold to it firmly!

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  • Comment posted by Robert Pavlovich:

    9/14/2013 10:04:00 PM - Have to agree with you...I think this bottling was probably at its best in the late 90's and early 00's, but in recent releases they've taken the alcohols and sugar well past my breaking point.

  • Comment posted by soyhead:

    12/16/2013 8:22:00 PM - similar experience when tasting this on 12/15/13.

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