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2005 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml
2005 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
USA - California - Napa - Stags Leap District
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94-97

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

Bright ruby-red. Pure, vibrant aromas of blackberry, cassis, lead pencil, violet, licorice and minerals. Wonderfully fine-grained and deep, with sharp definition and lovely floral high notes to the flavors of blueberry, cassis and spice. Finishes with noble, suave tannins and outstanding slow-building length. This 100% cabernet wine has all the elements to make an outstanding bottle. Winemaker Fernandez, who rates it with the 2002 and 2001 as his favorites among recent vintages, described the crop level of 2.5 tons per acre as "on the high side" and the largest since the '97, which came in at over 3.0.

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WA
97

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 180

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select continues to put on weight, and displays a Bordeaux-like personality because of the vintage's cool growing season. A black purple color, stunningly sweet fruit, and a gorgeous bouquet of underbrush, forest floor, creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, and toasty barrique are found in this ripe, full-bodied, deep, stunningly well-balanced, substantial wine with undeniable complexity as well as richness. It is approachable now, but promises to evolve for 25 or more years.

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WS
92-94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Thick and racy, with zesty wild berry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that's ripe and well-structured, with firm tannins and a long, intense aftertaste that keeps the emphasis on the fruit.

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Community Reviews

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Charles M71 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 06/12/2014 Drink Dates: 2014-2024

Deep ruby color with intense dark fruit & musty aroma. Not quite as intense as recent vintages but, still balanced and age worthy

97

Naperwino Trust Rating: 82 Tasted On: 06/09/2013

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cochrane78 Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 07/11/2011

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Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 11/06/2010

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Seaway J Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 11/19/2007

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