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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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(2003 Vintage) Hillside Select is made of 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from rugged hillside vineyard blocks on our Stags Leap District Estate. Truly a “wine of a place,” this Cabernet exemplifies the extraordinary richness and suppleness consistently produced in our little valley within a valley. Winemaker’s notes Shafer’s hillside vineyard produced a 2003 harvest of small, dark berries loaded with ripe, immense aromas and flavors. The aromas are rich and perfumy and the youthful wine read more...Hillside Select is made of 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from rugged hillside vineyard blocks on our Stags Leap District Estate. Truly a “wine of a place,” this Cabernet exemplifies the extraordinary richness and suppleness consistently produced in our little valley within a valley. Winemaker’s notes Shafer’s hillside vineyard produced a 2003 harvest of small, dark berries loaded with ripe, immense aromas and flavors. The aromas are rich and perfumy and the youthful wine fills the mouth with rich cassis, blackberry, toasty vanilla, mocha, herbs, and a seamless integration of soft, ripe Stags Leap District tannins. The wine feels expansive and juicy in the mouth and the flavors linger long after the glass is empty. – Elias Fernandez Hillside Select is aged a full four years prior to release (three years in Alliers and Tronçais oak barrels and one year in the bottle). While enjoyable today, this wine will gain richness and maturity with up to 20 years of careful cellaring. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, black currants, licorice, crushed rocks, and white flowers ... full-bodied, powerful and enormously endowed … Impeccable balance, purity, and length suggest it will drink well for 20 – 25 years. (hide)

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    Richard poured for us. delicious - super well balanced silky. sooo yummy nose.

    about 2 years
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2002 Vintage) Ripe and oaky in tone with an extra emphasis on the latter at the slight expense of keen varietal fruit, the aromas of this wine do not lack for volume so much as for the vitality and precision we hav...
  • Wine Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/02
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Spectator
    (1984 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/87