Original
46 Ratings
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

Wine Details

Wine Description

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)