1999 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 1.5L

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1999 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

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International Wine Cellar | 94

Good saturated ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant, tobacco, coffee, chocolate and maple syrup. Sweet, lush and suave, with a floral aspect; showing the vibrant, juicy quality of the vintage's better examples. Really spreads out to coat the palate. Finishes with big, sweet, broad tannins and a mineral note.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Shafer's flagship wine is still a baby. The nose is extremely ripe with suggestions of prunes in armagnac. The whole is very robust and the tannins crowd in on the back palate at this stage. Lots of terroir influence and not too much pandering to current winemaking fashion for smoothing out every wrinkle - so much the better. This is a BIG wine but it's well made and should turn into a lovely adolescent.

Drink Dates: 2006-2012
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 97

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the finest wines of the vintage. The 14.9% alcohol is barely noticeable given the amazing concentration and intensity. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by scents of vanilla, blackberry liqueur, crushed minerals, and a hint of white flowers. There is stunning intensity, tremendous purity, full body, and a remarkable, seamless finish (amazing given the elevated, austere tannin). Give the 1999 another 2-3 years of cellaring, and enjoy it over the following two decades or longer. A brilliant effort!

Drink Dates: 2005-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | 97

A monumental wine, bold, rich, smooth and concentrated, with layers of ripe black cherry, currant, plum, anise and blackberry. A mix of ultraripe fruit with a measure of elegance and finesse, its tannins are supple and seamless. 2,200 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: James Laube


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Score: 97
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 95
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Tasted with 1997 to 2008 vintages. Deep ruby with an intense black fruit nose. Took awhile to open up. Great balance and over whelming on the palate.
Score: 91
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 04/14/2014
Had before dinner, not with food. Beautiful nose but too much grape and not a strong finish as I expect from Shafer HSS. Although it got better with time (2 hours) it just really put a wow on me at all. Disappointing in relation to what I expect from Shafer.

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Score: 100
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/13/2013

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Score: 97
Author: Walter Z
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Deep purple, cassis and black fruits in nose. Tremendous richness and balance. tannins silky /w lush fr

3 of 3 people found this review useful.

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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