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1992 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

  • 95 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 59032-1992-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Firm and concentrated, with a mix of earth- and mineral-scented currant and plum fruit. Flexes some dry, sturdy tannins, too. It may still develop, given its level of concentration.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective. 2,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Good deepish crimson. Fragrant. Perhaps more appetising than the 1991 - on the nose, anyway. Lovely balance. Very, very ripe. Perhaps slightly drier and lighter. Lovely balance. Complete ripeness. More austere than many. Racy.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 1992 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is another killer wine boasting a dense purple color as well as a gorgeous bouquet of creme de cassis, creosote, camphor, licorice, blackberries and subtle background oak, and full-bodied, heady flavors. It is clear that after 1991, the Shafers and Elias Fernandez were entering a dramatic new level of quality as the Hillside Select cuvee had become a world-class effort. This beauty is just becoming fully drinkable and should continue to provide immense enjoyment over the next 20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Still very young.
    Drink Dates: 2008
    Author: Staffan
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

  • 298 bottles owned
  • 115 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 115 collectors)