Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 77.5 points

  • Tried after a short time then decanted all night in cellar. The nose was sour and the taste was bitter. I'm not sure if the wine is totally past it's time or never was that good to start with (per Robert Parker).

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  • It's amazing what a great winemaker can do with a tough vintage. I didn't quite know what to expect with this wine. Dark in the glass. Lovely nose of current and earth. Fruit left on the palate? You betcha. Vibrant fruit (black cherries and wild berries) that, I must say, was completely unexpected. Not waves and waves of layered fruit mind you, but youthful vivacious fruit that you'd expect of a much younger wine of a good vintage. Good minerality too, not that you'd mistake it for Bordeaux. Velvety mouthfeel. Developed some cocoa and dark plummy flavors with air. Smooth exit with a long, long finish. Not the most complex wine I've ever had, but superb nonetheless. It would be intesting to horizontal this wine against other '88s. I think it would stand out. This one still has some life left too.

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  • 5 Cabernet and Bordeaux Reds tasted. Featured a nice cabernet nose, simple cabernet fruit in the mouth, enough acid, fruit, and tannin to suggest age might help, not my style nor those tasting with me, Fifth place, Group #5.

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

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