1997 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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WS 97   WA 96   IWC 95   JR 18.5   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2018
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 216

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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: Issue 96

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Deep crimson, with some evolution at the rim. Cassis. Supple. Sweet. Explosive. Big, round, supple, and velvety.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 99
Author: G
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/27/2013

Rating: 99
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Rating: 96
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/10/2013

Rating: 96
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/01/2011
Drink Dates:

Rating: 92
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Tasted with vintages of 1997 to 2008. Roasted Cherry/musty nose with a dark ruby color. Great balance and lingering after taste.

Average rating: 95, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1469 bottles owned by 495 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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