Red

1998 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 2005 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 102

  • mattiasjansson wrote: 94 points

    October 22, 2019 - Shafer Hillside Select in Boston - Take II (Boston): Surprisingly fruit-forward. Fresh with hints of ground black pepper. Medium tannins.

  • SMHalps Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 11, 2019 - Opened, but not decanted, at a NYC Steakhouse, for over an hour before pouring. This is still very fruit forward, it seems to taste much younger than its age. Really no change from my previous bottle a few years ago.

  • bookert wrote: 92 points

    June 25, 2019 - Great effort for a weaker vintage. Less concentration than expected for a Shafer but with delicate fruit that dances around the tongue

  • Labrador Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 31, 2018 - This was a beautiful wine - yet surprisingly youthful - it should be decanted. It had great depth and richness made up of dark fruit. Once the air got to it, it became expressive and exhibited just that perfect hint of sweetness, that was balanced with its richness. It was mouth-coating and the finish went on and on.

  • G_H wrote: 96 points

    April 17, 2018 - A Capella (My place): From a supposedly lesser vintage, this beauty shined tonight. Dense, opulent with notes of creme de cassis, four-fruit-jam, cedar and tobacco. Wow!

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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.

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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.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/12/2002 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2012 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Dark red violet color; tart plum, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup nose; rich, tart plum, cassis, menthol, blackberry, berry syrup palate; has decades to go; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Very dark red violet color; roasted black fruit, tart plum, charcoal nose; tasty, very tight, tart black fruit, tar, charcoal palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Black fruit and cassis nose; concentrated rich plum and black fruit palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/30/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Licorice, black fruit nose; concentrated, black fruit, licorice, chocolate palate; medium-plus finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    1/6/2003 (link)

    (Shafer Hillside Select) Amazing nose. Currants, cassis, violets, nuts, raspberry, menthol, an amazing thickness to the nose. Very layered. Super concentrated on the palate. Perfectly balanced with layers of classicaly concentrated cab fruit. Caressing tannins. Outstanding length. Lives up to the hype even in this weak vintage.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,026 (57%)
  • Consumed 757 (42%)

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Community Recommendations

Dinner cooked by Ben, Mushrooms & chicken., pizza at karen's with H & A befroe robert cray

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