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 98

  • PinkMoonWinery 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!

  • Labrador Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 7, 2018 - This is an incredibly big wine that we started on Friday evening and finished on Sunday while enjoying dim sum. It was double decanted through a Vinturi on Friday and was still big. It had smoothed out by Sunday. It was a balanced wine of rich dark fruit but without the expected sweetness.

  • Bcw1989 wrote: 91 points

    January 1, 2018 - This wine was decanted for about 1 hour prior to dinner. Seems initially very tired and worn out. Not much fruit or any tannins. Over the course of the evening this wine held its own. Fruits began to show up and evolve just before dinner. This Shafer was delightful with dinner and food definitely brought out more of the characteristics of the wine. Even several hours after dinner, this wine was still going strong. I would drink them if you have some.

  • Turneric121 Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 26, 2017 - Very good. complex with a great finish

  • ssspore Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 23, 2017 - Still had a nice nose, long finish, and seemed to have more tannic struts left. Should age another 5-10 years

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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.

JancisRobinson.com

  • 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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RJonWine.com

  • 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 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,005 (60%)
  • Consumed 678 (40%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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

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