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2003 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 1.5L
2003 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
USA - California - Napa - Stags Leap District
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

(bottled in the spring of 2006) Medium ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, currant, cocoa powder, cedar, graphite, violet, licorice and sweet oak. Lush and very sweet but with lively mint and naphtha notes lifting the flavors of black cherry, dark berries and dark chocolate. Finishes with a firm edge of tannins and acids and yet this wine should give early pleasure. I find a wider range of ripeness here than in the supernal 2002.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Linda Murphy

The style – powerful, ultra-rich and hedonistic – is not for everyone, yet it agrees with many American palates. It’s a fine example of how a big, ripe wine can remain surprisingly balanced for all its opulence. Aromas of forest floor, cedar, cassis and black cherry lead to a palate awash in ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit. Tannins are velvet-soft, yet background toast and brisk acidity keep the wine remarkably fresh. At 14.9 per cent alcohol, there is very little heat. (LM)$200

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 207

One of the great so-called 'first growthsâ?� of Napa is Shafer's 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from their Stags Leap vineyard known as Hillside Select. This has been one of the top dozen or so wines in every vintage for over 15 years. A big wine at 14.9% alcohol, it is aged an atypically long time of 32 months in 100% new French oak, but at ten years of age, no oak is present. It is an utterly perfect wine, surpassing almost everything else made in 2003! It possesses everything one could desire in a Cabernet Sauvignon ' minerality, flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, velvety tannins, a skyscraper texture, perfect balance and integration between the acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, all well-concealed by the luxurious nature of this great wine. The finish is endless in this prodigious offering from a great family of grape growers and winemakers. It proves the point that good guys can finish first. This 2003 should continue to drink well for 25-30 years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A big, rich, bold and expansive style, with tiers of dense currant, mineral, earth, black cherry, anise and cedary oak flavors that are intense and concentrated, with the tannins showing a raw edge. Young and rambunctious. Needs lots of air or a little time in the cellar. 2,200 cases made.

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Community Reviews


G Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 06/26/2014

Great finish, legs for days. Needs a ton of decant time before it starts opening up.


marv Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 06/25/2014



BoxsterVino Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 04/08/2012

Drink slowly...this wine changes with every glass. Be patient early.


Raymond Joe Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 03/01/2011

This wine is perfectly in balance right now. I would say the window is this year for harmony in this wine but should last 15 plus years. The nose brings out rich chocolate and sweet jammy flavors. Tannins are not even noticeable when it hits the palate. Some chocolate, mixed with fuits and leather, and a hint of cigar tobacco. Truly a profound wine

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Miguel L Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/11/2011 Drink Dates: 2013-2025

Retail purchase at release. Massive, closed and impenetrable, so into the decanter it went for 3+ hours. So dark it even obscured the candle! Deep, port-like, very rich, powerful. Has it moved since bottling? 14.9%... a wine to overwhelm and dominate. Drink now or hold 10 years and see whether it ever moves. Huge cab!

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