Original
46 Ratings
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

Wine Details

Wine Description

(1983 Vintage) Amazing from first sip to last, remarkably complex, layered and textured, smooth and supple, with a seductive creamy mocha oak presence to the long, expansive aftertaste, where the flavors cascade on top of one another and excite with anise and cedar.

Expert Reviews
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  • Planet Grape
    (2011 Vintage) Decadent, rich, and young, this benchmark American wine has notes of cassis, cherry cobbler, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, black olive, and graphite.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1997 Vintage) A bit of dusty spice tags this one as just a wee bit different in the nose, but the wine's deep, curranty fruit, accents of milk chocolate and close-to-plush feel are very much the stuff of its winemaker and provenance. While never abrasive, this year's version comes with an extra measure of fine-grained structural tannins, and the wine will benefit from be buried in the back of the cellar for at least another five years. Originally reviewed at **.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1997 Vintage) 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.
  • Robert Parker
    (1997 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage)