1996 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the vintage's super-stars. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by super aromatics, immense body, great fruit extraction, superb purity and overall symmetry, as well as a 40+ second finish. Revealing exceptional intensity (but no heaviness) as well as perfectly integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this fabulous Cabernet will drink wonderfully for three decades.

Drink Dates: 2000-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Saturated ruby-red. Dusty aromas of black cherry, currant, licorice and menthol. Sweet, lush and velvety; fat and full. A generous, fruit-driven, impressively long wine with enticing currant and black plum flavors. Very ripe tannins coat the palate. Will the '97 eventually top this wine?

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Starts out smooth, showing rich, earthy currant, hazelnut and nutmeg scents, with a hint of mocha and dense, chewy tannins. Still very youthful, firm and extracted. The first two bottles were corked.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature

Rating: 98
Author: coffeemuse
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/19/2011
Decanted for 3 hours. Full integration and a 45 sec finish. Wow

Rating: 94
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/21/2011

Average rating: 94, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1233 bottles owned by 420 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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