Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
84 Ratings
84 Ratings
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

Wine Details

Winemaker's Notes

(From 1996 Vintage) With more herbs, cedar, and tea than its ’97 sibling, this vintage offers alluring aromatics and elegantly balanced fruit flavors. In the glass you’ll find deep color with a ring of brick at the edge, as well as a silky texture and maturing fruit, showing plush black currant and dark spice with a long finish.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    The imperatives of rain, fog and cold weather made 1988 a difficult year throughout California's North Coast, but this supple, balanced, moderately fruity Cabernet has successfully grown into a much better wine than its challenging vintage predicts. It is completely mature and has found a bit of real polish with age. Originally reviewed at no stars.
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 99 on Jun-95
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/98
  • Robert Parker