The wine looks Brick colored. It smells like Rose, Honeysuckle, and Pine. It tastes like Pine, Sandalwood, Rose, Strawberry, and Tea. The body is Medium. The wine is textured Silky. The wine finishes Long.
Dinner with the Ladies (Uncle Jack's, New York, NY): I have to say, this bottle confirmed that my Cali Cab sweet spot is the 1990's. I've had many positive experiences with SHS in the 00's and 90's and thought that the 80's would just add more integration and layers. And, while it did, it lost the darker fruity qualities, which are part of my favorite notes in Cali Cab. I got green pepper and fresh qualities like newly cut grass. This was nice, but give me a 1997 anytime.
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(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Bricking very dark red violet color; tart blackberry, mint, ripe currant, roasted black fruit nose; tasty, tart blackberry, ripe currant, black plum, dried salty plum palate; medium-plus finish