1995 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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Drink Dates: 2002-2020
Author: Vinfolio Team

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

Interestingly, 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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 216

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

Deep 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 Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Very, 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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 97
Author: Will M.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/16/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2025

Rating: 95
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/18/2009

Rating: 95
Author: juglum
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/17/2010

Rating: 94
Author: minfolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 09/23/2009

Rating: 93
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/24/2012

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Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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929 bottles owned by 349 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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