1999 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select1 Rating
1999 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesAnother very bold and impressively concentrated effort, the 1999 bottling is a broad, many faceted Cabernet whose ample ripeness and generous appointment of rich oak are always complementary themes to its deep, vital, very well-focused fruit. It is still a young wine with a very long lifeline, yet, even now, it has bloomed into a *** beauty that will tempt present drinking. Originally reviewed at **.
International Wine CellarGood saturated ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant, tobacco, coffee, chocolate and maple syrup. Sweet, lush and suave, with a floral aspect; showing the vibrant, juicy quality of the vintage's better examples. Really spreads out to coat the palate. Finishes with big, sweet, broad tannins and a mineral note.
Wine.comA monumental wine, bold, rich, smooth and concentrated, with layers of ripe black cherry, currant, plum, anise and blackberry. A mix of ultraripe fruit with a measure of elegance and finesse, its tannins are supple and seamless. Best from 2005 through 2015. 2,200 cases made. (JL)
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 94.5 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 77 notes)
Wine AdvocateRating: (96-98) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
Wine SpectatorRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/02
Wine & SpiritsRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 88 (average year)
Drinkability: too young, let it sit