Red

1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • CranBurgundy Likes this wine: (97 points)

    September 19, 2017 - This bottle had a little more reticent nose than the last. The palate was much more alive though, with fresher dark plum & blackberry, plus a little more white peppery spice. The leather and tobacco notes were still there, just pushed further to the background by the superb fruit and spice. There was about the same sediment as my last bottle, and barely noticeable tannin left on the finish only detectable as slight astringency. Given all this, I'm upping the score by a point over my last note. There are 2 more bottles of this, and 1 from 1993 - and I have no desire to share this with anyone! (I could be persuaded by the promise of an equally excellent bottle in return by any dining companions though.) I don't think perfection is ever possible in anything made by humans so I doubt you'll ever see a 100 score from me.... however, perfection is boring - it's the small imperfections that make things interesting.

    I believe it's time to drink up any 1995 Domestic Cabs you have. I simply can't see how it gets better than right now although I've said that before and been wrong.

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  • CranBurgundy Likes this wine: (96 points)

    January 14, 2017 - Nose of dark plum and blackberry is initially hidden behind leather and tobacco, but moved to the forefront in 15 minutes or so. Little spice on the nose or palate, and completely resolved. A teaspoon of coffee ground sized sediment left in the decanter. Very nice dark & red fruit still kicking with a little sweetness. Absolutely no astringency from tannin or heat from alcohol noticeable on the finish. It's surprisingly clean, fruity, and refreshing. Most 20+ year old Cabs lose a bit of their fruit as the secondary notes start taking over, but no so with this one. My God, this is excellent! This is one of the rare bottles that make me wish there was an option for "I love it!" on CT. It's time to drink this up if you have it because this wine simply can't get better than where it's at currently. If you have any, do NOT pair it with any food and ruin the experience - enjoy it solo.

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  • Desertcyclist Likes this wine: (89 points)

    April 30, 2016 - Dumb! Found this hiding in the back of the wine cellar. Decanted 1hour helped but definitely past its peak.

  • hawkvin Likes this wine: (89 points)

    April 3, 2016 - Used ah-so to open since cork was very soft. Decanted for 1 hour before tasting. Original taste was very soft with brick color starting - very little fruit or acid apparent. Medium amount of funk upon opening. After 2 hours, the wine changed and showed a deeper garnet color with flavors of dark cherries, cola and spice. Had soft tannins and good fruit/acid balance. Still a little funk left until bottle was finished. A very good bottle still - after 21 years in the cellar.

  • beej Likes this wine:

    October 25, 2015 - Omg! Our cork crumbled as well. Seemed defective although no leakage.
    Wine opened up big quickly.
    A bit green on the initial nose but good bacon, tobacco and truffle palate leading to a slightly chalky high alcohol finish.
    Drink now and let it evolve in the glass directly from the bottle.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • UPC Code 013528300026

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  • In Cellars 264 (67%)
  • Consumed 131 (33%)

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