Red

2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 2014 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 213

  • randyjc wrote: 93 points

    September 11, 2022 - Surprisingly good given my experience with other SHS wines, most of which remind me of the flashy frat boy with a hip flask and no substance. This wine was solid - good depth, relatively good balance. High alcohol, of course, because that’s apparently de riguer for cult Napa cabs. My biggest beef? That ridiculous, absurd, outrageous, wasteful, pathetically egoist bottle. Good lord - get a conscience!!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • indiscriminate palate wrote:

    August 6, 2022 - Opaque purple. Dark berries, milling spices, cherry liquor on the nose. Very big and rich—too much on open but settled with air—full bodied, with tannins that melt, just enough acid to carry the weight, and only a hint of the 15% alcohol. Deep blackberry, woody notes. Perhaps I was expecting a lot, but while a great wine, this did not blow me away.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • cubswinws Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 13, 2022 - Remains good though it took awhile for it to open up. Still not as vibrant as I would have expected. Still have one bottle left.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • kmforster Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 13, 2022 - Stunning, but still a bit young for me. At this stage in its development the peak point for me was about 45-60 mins into the decant. We started dinner around the 60-min mark, and by the end it was starting to close back up and tannins were once again more prominent.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • AlexHop Likes this wine: 99 points

    January 7, 2022 - Stunning. Dark fruit and violets. Subtle and complex spices. Super long finish.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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
    Vintage Retrospective: 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (May 2016), 5/1/2016 (link)

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

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

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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 26 (0%)
  • In Cellars 4,338 (64%)
  • Consumed 2,390 (35%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

crab bisque, Fish (halibut, flounder), lobster taco, morel and pork shank sauce., NCEF auction, stir fried lobster rice, t bone steak

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  102 votes

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