Red

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 182

  • skurtz Likes this wine: (94 points)

    October 5, 2017 - Decanted for 1h at 801 Chophouse in Omaha. Intense red fruit and mineral on the nose and palate. This is a hefty powerhouse red, well paired with bone-in filet. Outstanding, and consistent with my previous note.

  • kmforster Likes this wine: (92 points)

    October 2, 2017 - Decanted for 7 hours and that was certainly not too much. Plush and tasty, but this will never be as good as the best vintages. Warm fruit aromas with a touch of prune. Not sure how much better this will get - we like them really old, but the prune element worries me.

  • Elpaninaro Likes this wine:

    September 10, 2017 - deep purple color with some red tones, no signs of age, rich dark fruit on the nose- cassis and blackberries, on the palate quite rich but not excessively so, strong oak in proper balance, tannins well restrained, excellent length, with time white mineral notes and even hints of chocolate, a wine of some significant scale but with some degree of elegance. Despite having tasted almost every Shafer Hillside through the 1993 vintage- I have not had any vintages since. The wine has changed but not to the negative in my view. It is larger in scale, and also very much built for long term aging- this is 13 years old and a baby where the 80s and 90s vintages were mature by age 10. And I am seeing enough of the non-fruit hallmarks of the wine- as well as a very fine balance- that I have high hopes in time this will develop into something quite wonderful. As for vintage comparisons, this reminds me most of the 1990- but that could be as much due to the stylistic changes as anything, with 1990 being one of the most flamboyant of the vintages of that era (but also a very great wine.) I look forward to seeing what comes of this, *(***)+, 2025+ but certainly approachable now if you like seeing wines in their primary stage.

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  • tcarter Likes this wine: (98 points)

    August 29, 2017 - Gitter's 50th Bday Dinner (Marino Ristorante): Simply gorgeous. Well balanced and lush. Probably the WOTN for me, but the Old World peeps didn't love it.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jda8600 wrote: (94 points)

    July 30, 2017 - Slow ox for 4 hours, decanted for 1 hour, drank over 2 hour period. Blue to dark fruit aromatics, plum with dominant minerality on the palate. Bottle had tremendous energy with sharp, penetrating acidity with a lingering finish. Quality effort, but lack of fruit on the palate effected my overall score, but certainly could have been this bottle in particular.

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  • 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 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2013, Issue #45, Recently Tasted Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

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

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  • By Richard Hemming
    2/21/2013 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • 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 22 (0%)
  • In Cellars 4,058 (71%)
  • Consumed 1,624 (28%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef tenderloin, Creamy Polenta, Dave - steak tips in NH, English Peas & Pearl Onions, Leg of lamb, PAN ROASTED COLORADO LAMB LOIN, Prime Rib, Rack of lamb, Steak, to troy and trey's dinner party with lamb chops

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