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2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 100 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 59032-2007

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    (25th anniversary bottling): Good full ruby. Captivating aromas of cassis, blackberry and violet show an almost liqueur-like ripeness. Then rich, sweet, highly concentrated and large-scaled, with compelling flavors of dark berries, brown spices and sexy oak complicated by powerful soil tones. This drenches the mouth with flavor, with the wine's tannins melting into its powerful fruit. Showing spectacularly today but this will evolve for decades. The hillside behind the house and winery makes up the core of this blend. (Incidentally, the very long 2006 showed a spectacular nose in March but is in a rather closed, tough stage right now and should be held for at least another five years.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Impressive for its richness, elegance and grace, this is spicy and supple, with full-bodied plum, currant and black licorice notes, gaining momentum and ending with a silky aftertaste of loamy earth.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2025
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Web Only - 2017
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    One of the perfect wines from Shafer is the 2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Think it over - in the first decade of the 21st century, Shafer scored three perfect scores and two 99s - that's about as high a praise as I can give any producer in the world. Opaque purple in color, the 2007 has a stunning nose of sweet creme de cassis, black cherries, licorice, and toasty oak, a multilayered, full-throttle personality, and a texture that builds and builds. Great purity, fabulous fruit intensity and a richness without heaviness characterize this massive, prodigious effort from Shafer. It's still very young, despite this vintage, which seems to be maturing precociously. I don't believe this wine will hit its stride for at least another 5-10 years and drink well for at least 2-3 decades.
    Drink Dates: 2022 - 2052
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 238
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    (15.5% alcohol; this is the 25th anniversary edition of this bottling): Saturated bright ruby. Very deep, dark, almost liqueur-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, cocoa powder and mocha. A huge, chocolatey-ripe wine with an obvious warmth and compelling sweetness to its fine-grained cherry liqueur and dark berry flavors. Big but harmonious tannins spread out to saturate the entire palate on the very long back end. This wine is just now embarking on its plane of peak maturity and will probably remain there for quite some time. Some critics of flamboyantly ripe Napa Cabernets may find this wine a bit extreme (as is the case with numerous other 2007s) yet it manages to retain its balance--and its depth of fruit is extraordinary.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2035
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May 2017
  • James Suckling | Rating: 97

    This won't be out until next year and will mark 25 years of Hillside Select. Nice aromas of mint, mineral, dark fruits, and delicious currants. Full bodied, with a soft beginning that just builds and builds. This is muscular and toned, very impressive. Save your money to get plenty of this. Thought provoking wine. Don't drink this for four or five years. 15+24+24+34. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Monday, April 11, 2011
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Drink Dates: 2016-2035
    Author: Doug
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Cedar & slightly corked nose. The intense fruit carried the corked flavors for now but not a bottle to be drinking in a few years. I wish we had a second bottle there to open as it appears to be a great vintage.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2016
    Author: Charles M71
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drank over a three day period celebrating our first children born, a boy and a girl! Intoxicating aroma upon opening. Huge lush nose, blueberries, smoke, spice & a touch floral. The palate is much the same. Large scaled wine with just enough tannin and fruit to balance the alcohol. The second day is more of the same with a little less fruit. Third day is just beautiful lush dark fruits with less tannin showing. I preferred the wine on the third day. This is a huge wine that needs plenty of time.
    Author: richie g
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

  • 1387 bottles owned
  • 303 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 303 collectors)