Red

1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 88

  • G_H wrote: 97 points

    July 30, 2020 - Cassis, licorice, coke hard candy, eucalyptus, beef stock, ripe black cherries, velvety tannins, absolutely stunning wine!!

  • rlove wrote: 94 points

    December 25, 2019 - Soft blue fruit, cassis, and cedar with a floral assist. Big wine in a manageable package. Quintessential Shafer Hillside Select. Silky and sexy. Drink now through 2030. (from magnum)

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Kevnzworld wrote: 95 points

    September 19, 2019 - :30 minute decant, @Craft
    Still fresh and ripe but a touch muted. Complex, herbaceous with some nice secondary flavors. It still has some oaky tannins
    Currants and boysenberry on the palate with a little menthol spiciness on the finish.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • G_H wrote: 96 points

    May 4, 2019 - Such a stunning wine, still youthful with lots of tannins but OK to start drinking now

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Burgnick Likes this wine:

    March 18, 2019 - Small pour. Very sexy on the palate with softened purple fruit with some caramel note. Balanced on the fruit with resolved tannins. Love the silkiness of the wine. 94+

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Decanter

  • By William Kelley
    Shafer Hillside Select Vertical, 6/30/2017 (link)

    (Shafer, Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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 1995 Cabernets (Jun 2016), 6/1/2016 (link)

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

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser, 4/10/2005

    (Shafer .Hillside Select) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • 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
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011 (link)

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Very dark red violet color; corked nose; corked, tart plum palate; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/11/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; plush cassis, black fruit, menthol nose; youthful, berry, ripe cassis, black fruit, menthol palate; long finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/29/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Herbal, bay leaf and tart plum nose; nice, poised, plum and black fruit palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,077 (63%)
  • Consumed 632 (37%)

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Valentine's dinner at Basil Leaf, with a prime strip steak

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