1997 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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1997 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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International Wine Cellar | 95

Saturated ruby. Inky aromas of black and bitter cherry, menthol and nut skin. Dense, thick and supple, with powerful underlying structure; still rather imploded on the palate but this possesses explosive fruit. Great fat and richness. Essence of Stags Leap cabernet. Finishes very long, with lush, thoroughly ripe tannins. A great young California cabernet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Deep crimson, with some evolution at the rim. Cassis. Supple. Sweet. Explosive. Big, round, supple, and velvety.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 99

Since 1991, Shafer's Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon has unquestionably been one of the top dozen or so California Cabernets. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 32 months in 100% French oak casks (the majority Taransaud), it possesses the elegance and finesse one would expect from the Stag's Leap area, but also monumental power, richness, and intensity. Is the prodigious 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select a perfect wine? Bottled in June, 2000, this effort is about as spectacular as Cabernet Sauvignon can be. The soaring bouquet of sweet, lavishly rich black currants, plums, cherries, toast, minerals, and smoke cascades from the glass. Opaque purple-colored, extraordinarily intense, and full-bodied, yet amazingly well-balanced, this flawless Cabernet Sauvignon will be at its peak between now and 2030. One of the greatest young Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted, it represents the quintessential Napa Cabernet, combining both elegance and power. (Not yet released)

Drink Dates: 2000-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 97

Dense, rich and concentrated, packed with black cherry, blackberry and currant flavors, picking up a pencil lead, mocha and anise edge before the tannins weigh in. A massive wine that will need time. 2,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2018
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Score: 99
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 92
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Tasted with vintages of 1997 to 2008. Roasted Cherry/musty nose with a dark ruby color. Great balance and lingering after taste.
Score: 99
Author: G
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/27/2013
Score: 96
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/10/2013
Score: 96
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/01/2011
Drink Dates:

About This Producer


John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards while the term "organic" still elicited sideways looks. "My soils were getting tired," Doug says. "They had been farmed since 1922." He installed solar panels in 2004, and now enjoys watching his batteries send power back to the grid. Elias was hired by Shafer in 1984 and named winemaker in 1994. Shafer Hillside Select is a benchmark wine of the Stag's Leap District, with a string of awards too long to list. Aged a full four years prior to release, it is, in the words of Robert Parker, "One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons."

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