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1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 59032-1997

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Deep crimson, with some evolution at the rim. Cassis. Supple. Sweet. Explosive. Big, round, supple, and velvety.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Dense, rich and concentrated, packed with black cherry, blackberry and currant flavors, picking up a pencil lead, mocha and anise edge before the tannins weigh in. A massive wine that will need time. 2,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Saturated ruby. Inky aromas of black and bitter cherry, menthol and nut skin. Dense, thick and supple, with powerful underlying structure; still rather imploded on the palate but this possesses explosive fruit. Great fat and richness. Essence of Stags Leap cabernet. Finishes very long, with lush, thoroughly ripe tannins. A great young California cabernet.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a relatively evolved style for Hillside Select and seemingly more advanced than the older vintages, such as 1995 and 1994. Nevertheless, there is plenty to excite. It's a big wine, dense purple in color with some lightening at the edge, plenty of creme de cassis fruit, lead pencil shavings, sweet vanilla and earth. It is very ripe, full-bodied, opulent and voluptuously textured. This is terrific stuff, hedonistic, showing secondary/tertiary nuances in the aromatics and essentially a full resolution of the tannin. This wine also seems to have come into its own and is clearly at its peak of flavor. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 100

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  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Mark Fox
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Austin C
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: juglum
  • Self | Rating: 99

    beautifully balanced
    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Darkly colored with deeply pigmented legs. Full, complete bouquet of plum, cherry, green pepper, mint, and vanilla tinged oak. Full and rich on the palate with excellent concentration and enduring length. An iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2011
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Mature
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 98

    one of the great cal cabs of all time
    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Tasted with vintages of 1997 to 2008. Roasted Cherry/musty nose with a dark ruby color. Great balance and lingering after taste.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Charles M71
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1347 bottles owned
  • 307 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 307 collectors)