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2005 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 59032-2005-3000-0
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    A seamless effort, very rich, polished and sophisticated, with pure, ripe wild berry and blackberry fruit and subtle notes of cedar, spice and mocha. A strong presence of black licorice emerges on the finish. The flavors keep on unfolding.---2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2024. 2,400 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    One of the world's great wines and profound expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. This wine spends more than 30 months in 100% new oak, and, year in year out, has been one of the most singular and profound examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. It seems Shafer began to ratchet up performance during the 1990s, and the first decade of the 21st century has provided a treasure trove of either perfect or nearly perfect wines, including the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and more recently the 2010, 2012 and, in all likelihood, the 2013. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (about 2,000 cases produced) is another one of those ƒA?A?wowƒA?A_ wines, but it does it with a sort of measured richness and restraint and extraordinary subtle character, like the Gary Cooper of Napa Cabernet Sauvignons ƒA?A? authentic, tall, straight-boned, but substantial and worthy of introspection. Inky purple, with a classic nose of creme de cassis, licorice, a touch of vanilla and forest floor, the wine hits the palate with a gorgeous display of measured, but substantial fruit, body and intensity. Not a component is out of place, and the wine remarkably pure and persuasive. Combine great winemaking with great viticulture and a special terroir, and this is the result. Readers are in the presence of genius when tasting this wine.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating: 100

    Author: cochrane78
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: cochrane78
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Seaway J
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Naperwino
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2016-2035
    Author: jimc
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Deep ruby color with intense dark fruit & musty aroma. Not quite as intense as recent vintages but, still balanced and age worthy
    Drink Dates: 2014-2024
    Author: Charles M71
  • Self | Rating:

    Parker gave this 97 points. This wine is stunning!! will evolve for 25 years....
    Author: ryans
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

  • 1711 bottles owned
  • 376 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 376 collectors)