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Community Tasting Notes (227) Avg Score: 96.6 points

  • 1/3 of bottle previously coravin'd. Uncorked and allowed to breathe for 90 mins. Wine color has barely penetrated the cork.

    Purple/black coloring is darker than I'd expect for a 14 YO wine. Pencil lead, leather, char on the nose. Wine holds a firm grip on the side of the stems but glides over the palate without leaving much of a coating, though there are ample dark fruit flavors that - again- I'd expect to find in a younger wine. In a solid place today, capable of cellaring for many years to come. Tossing off a bit of fine sediment before the wine level dropped to the punt. Clearly a new world wine. 96

    A remaining 1/3 of a 2001 HSS previously CV'd was opened as well. Cork has been motioned 30+% up, but is still fine. Though it poured a bit lighter in color than the '02, this was stellar right out the of the bottle, with opulent rich, dark fruit flavors, notably black cherry. After 2 hours there was considerable spice box and vanilla; fruits show a greater degree of maturity and less intensity than in the '02. Old world pedigree. 97

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  • Brilliant Deep Red color, aromatic, red currants and cherries; big finish
    a great wine for sure with lamb

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  • Drank after 78 Lafite and 96 La Mouline last night. Friend opened it after he decided I was still thirsty.
    Decanted for half an hour before serving. Opened up quite nice with your deep Napa Cab nose full of berries, without noticeable oak. Fruity and very mouth filling, however, the complexity was not there. Sweet and long finish in the end.
    Still too young?

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  • Fabulous! This is only getting started. I predict decades ahead for this massive beauty. Take your time!

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  • Drank at Grand Street with Nancy/Jeff and Ann/Johnny. Open, pour and decanted. Dark purple color, amazing nose out of the bottle, and after airing out for about an hour darn close to perfect. Perfect balance, great flavors, long finish. Mad that family wanted to drink so much and leave less for me.

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    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; rich, ripe berry, almost porty, boysenberry nose; rich, youthful, black fruit, ripe berry, boysenberry, blackberry puree palate with sweet, firm tannins; approachable now but could use 3 years; long finish 93+ points

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