Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Complex, if on the mature side of the spectrum. This is perfectly enjoyable, marked by rich earth, dried currant, herb and sage flavors along with some chewy tannins.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. 2,000 cases made.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Deep ruby. Aromatic, nuanced, higher-pitched aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and licorice. Youthful black fruit flavors given shape and delineation by lively acids. Firm, fresh and very long. At once big and subtle. In comparison with the '96, this wine substantial, dusty tannins reach more of the mouth. Not as extravagantly dense and ripe as the '94, but compelling cabernet nevertheless, and likely to be long-lived.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 1999
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98Interestingly, the first thing that came to my mind in smelling the 1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select was a relatively young vintage of Chateau Latour. Another fabulous effort, with notes of blackcurrants, graphite, a touch of vanilla, sweet tannin and a full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel, this vintage offers stunning aromatics of black fruits, earth, charcoal and lead pencil shavings. In addition, there is an intense, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a youthful vibrancy and vigor that are sensational. This is an amazingly young wine that's coming up on 20 years of age and another great example of just how these best terroirs of Napa can produce incredibly long-lived Cabernet Sauvignons. It should last at least another two decades as well.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Very, very deep crimson. Very, very sweet nose. Seems rounder than the 1994. Very explosive. Youthful. Great balance. Vital. Reminds me of young Lafite. Very, very energetic.Author: Jancis Robinson
Self | Rating: 93Author: Billy the Kid
Self | Rating: 94Author: minfolio
Self | Rating: 95Author: Seaway J
Self | Rating: 97Drink Dates: 2009-2025Author: Will M.
Self | Rating: 95GorgeousAuthor: juglum
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 851 bottles owned
- 244 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 244 collectors)