2007 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 1.5L

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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: 2019-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 216

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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: Issue 156

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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: 2011-2020
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/09/2012

Rating: 98
Author: richie g
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/23/2013
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.

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Rating: 88
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2016
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.

Average rating: 96, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

51 bottles owned by 40 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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