Red

1994 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 2003 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 102

  • Escalus wrote: 96 points

    April 21, 2020 - Very good but definitely ready to drink now rather than waiting a few more years.

  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 16, 2019 - 1994 California Cabernet Blind Tasting (Michelangelo Hotel, New York): Fruit forward nose. High acidity. Youthful. Really enjoyed this but not sure worth the price tag. 93+

  • fclarity wrote: 93 points

    December 2, 2019 - Deep red center and light red rims, I have wanted to taste this for a while. The medium intensity nose showed anise, black cherries, red dust, and a slight green note. The longer the wine aired, the less I noticed the green.

    In the mouth, this was rich and ripe with great balance and length. It really need air to show its best.

    Cellar or give extended aeration.

  • Marc wrote: 95 points

    November 9, 2019 - Gorgeous, aged Napa Cab, that feels vibrant, balanced, complex, and refined. Essence of Napa style, but with a layered depth that has transformed with time. This does not come across as monolithic in the slightest, but rather fully expressive and transparent. It shows opulence, but has enough structure and herbal and mineral elements to bring focus. In no way would this be confused for Bordeaux, but it has a similar level of complexity.

  • Collector1855 wrote: 95 points

    November 8, 2019 - Napa Cult CabSav 1994 dinner (Singapore): Expressive nose of oak, vanilla, ripe fruit, earth, spices, black forest cake. There is very good acidity here, not as sweetish as the younger vintages. Stays in check overall. Very good, but did not have the complexity for points beyond 95

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1994 Cabernets (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1994 Cabernets (Jul 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/2/2003 (link)

    (Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/9/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; ripe black fruit, black olive, black plum nose; tart black plum, black olive, mineral, light herb palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    9/19/2005 (link)

    (Shafer Hillside Select) This was pretty thin and closed. Nothing special.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/25/2003 (link) 92 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) 1994 Cali Cabs Blindtasted (Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Bryant, Araujo, Abreu, Shafer HS) (Skirball Center, Los Angeles, California): Reticent, warm berry nose; nice entry, medium-bodied, cassis palate with resolved tannins; short-medium finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1994
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • UPC Code 013528400023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (1%)
  • In Cellars 732 (57%)
  • Consumed 536 (42%)

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