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2004 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Stags Leap District - Red

USA - California - Napa - Stags Leap District

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards... More »

Score
96
WA 98+
WS 94
IWC 91-94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2014-2030 WA: 2014-2039 WS: 2009-2014
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IWC 91-94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132

Good full medium ruby. Roasted, liqueur-like nose displays the warmth of the vintage. Massive, broad and very ripe but less delineated and taut than the 2003. Intensely flavored but doesn't yet come alive. The reticent flavors of blackcurrant and mint come across as rather disjointed today. Finishes with somewhat aggressive tannins. Slated for bottling in May, this was in an awkward stage at the time of my tasting.

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WA 98+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 212
Drink Dates 2014-2039

The Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has been one of Napa's true first-growths since the early 1990s. The 2004 exhibits a dense opaque purple color along with spectacular, almost surreal levels of fruit that are never heavy, overripe or flawed. Its beautiful notes of creme de cassis, licorice and subtle oak (this cuvee spends 32 months in 100% new French barrels), skyscraper-like texture and extraordinarily long finish are all superb. This is a great wine from a great family who has done everything necessary to produce a world-class wine that can compete with any wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. You can't say enough positives about the Shafers. Drink this 2004 Hillside Select over the next 20-25 years, although it could be even more stupendous in 40-50 years.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2009-2014

Pure, rich, intense and vibrant, with tight, sharply focused, vivid black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit that has a nice dusty, loamy edge and ends with a pleasant burst of ripe fruit flavors that are long and persistent.

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Author Charles M71
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.5%
Tasted On 06/12/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2030

Still a young wine with deep ruby color and forward fruit nose. The tannin/fruit balance is perfect. I wish I had waited longer to open it as it will last for decades.

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Author BoxsterVino
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.886%
Tasted On 02/01/2014
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Author KMS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.571%
Tasted On 11/12/2012

The Hillside Select is always one of my favorite wines. Amazingly well balanced for a wine with this level concentration. Love the finish that sails on and on.....

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Author Brad 007
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/06/2010

The Best!

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Author Maxcontinuous
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.256%
Tasted On 11/01/2009

Wow, big and structured with cassis, black currant and some oak.

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