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1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

  • 96 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 59032-1991-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Rich and plush, deeply concentrated, with complex currant, coffee and cedar, and a twinge of stalky bell pepper and green bean. Finishes with tobacco notes and firm tannins. Turns herbal, but has a long way to go.--'81/?91 California Cabernet retrospective.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select represents the beginning of a new era where sterile filtration was halted, after which the quality of most vintages soared to new heights. They may also have been picking riper fruit, as Napa Valley was in the midst of enjoying some fabulous vintages in what would turn out to be a Golden Era for its wineries. The 1991 is the finest Hillside Select of the early 1990s, although the 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998 are close in quality. A stunning nose of licorice, vanillin, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis and cedarwood are present in this multilayered, full-bodied, opulent, super-concentrated wine. It still possesses an opaque ruby/purple color to the rim. At age 23, this beauty is just hitting its plateau of full maturity.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very, very deep purple. Black cherry. Round, full, suave, and very appetising. Tannins now quite soft. Nicely refreshing dry end and acidity.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Clear dark plum. Yellowish rim. Nose primarily of camphor with fruit beneath. Tart, tannic not quite right. Suspect bad bottle, will not rate.
    Author: Rutiger
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Fully mature (a little over the hill even) but still retaining good color. Rose, allspice, mincemeat, and vaguely fruity aromatics. Dusty tannins. Light on the palate while the wine?s structure still retains considerable vitality. That?s not a good combination. The wine lacks sufficient concentration for any more cellaring. Drink up.
    Drink Dates: 2005
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Still has years to go. Ruby red color with classic |old| Cabernet nose. Cigar box and smooth. Awesome wine!
    Author: BoxsterVino
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 299 bottles owned
  • 92 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 92 collectors)