Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Shay A

Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.

Looks like I had this wine about three years ago and my experience was pretty much the same. This is hedonistic and powerful Napa cab at its best. My first guess when trying it was Aussie has such a rich and decadent profile with espresso, blue and black fruits, dark chocolate, and sweet smoke, but it had a peppery/smoked meat note at the finish which took me to Australia Shiraz. However, the longer it opened, the more smooth it got, displaying cassis, currant, baked mixed berry pie all in an opulent profile. To my credit, I called this Shafer Hillside Select but I also mentioned high end Aussie Shiraz.
โ€” 15 days ago

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David T

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04 vintage. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‘

Diamond Creek Vineyards

Three Vineyard Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Probably still a little early to open, but got a couple more to hold. Rarely made let alone found
A blend of,
Volcanic hill
Gravely Meadow
Red rock terrace
Shafer without the nose, in my top 10 Cabernet ever.
Coming up on bottle 2,000 on delectable๐Ÿค” time to start planning
โ€” 5 days ago

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David T

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Probably? You crack me up. 20-40 years easily. Love their 80-90 vintages. Enjoy!
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Nah just decant it, Iโ€™ll take it over the 2012-13 Scarecrow any day. Very smooth, just not much of a nose to it. Definitely no mega purple in the bottle. This is more classic styled compared to Bevan, Myriad, Maybach
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Awesome- pull of the day.

Shafer Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This 2005 is a fruit bomb imho . Well balanced and chewy. Little or no tannins left. Wonโ€™t age any more imho. โ€” 7 days ago

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Shay A

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Interesting. The โ€˜04 I had two weeks ago was singing and had so much life left in it!
Hugh O'Riordan

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Thanks for comment. It would be fun to blind taste.

Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Exceptionally balanced. Rich fruit with layered mouth fell. Med/long finish with excellent depth. More complexity than the shafer but not as balanced. โ€” a month ago

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Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Blue and dark fruits - blueberry and currants, cinnamon and chocolate. Even in an off year this wine delivers. โ€” 2 months ago

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Your getting after some great wines, @John Adams!
John Adams

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@Ron R -lucky to be drinking what is available and always hesitant to pull a cork on any of them, but always glad I did once I get the pleasure of experiencing these amazing wines.
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Shafer Vineyards

One Point Five Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

No review. I am just so grateful that I can chill and drink delicious wine with great family. These times....๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿ˜ โ€” 12 days ago

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All the best!๐Ÿฆ‹

Shafer Vineyards

Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2017

Pleasantly surprised. Heavy pineapple aromas. Lemon pith, Stone fruit, white flowers, and toasted almonds. Med-Firm acidity. #shafervineyards โ€” a month ago

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Eighty Four Wines

Napa Valley Malbec 2014

1984 2014 Malbec - Elias Fernandez and Doug Shafer. This is a beautiful Malbec. Wow. Dark cherry and blackberry and blueberry fruit. Butter, butter, and more butter. Spicy vanilla chocolate bliss!!!!! A little cigar box and dark soilvThe finish is so silky smooth! I may drink the entire bottle myself... โ€” 25 days ago

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Realm Cellars

Moonracer Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so Iโ€™m only posting standout bottles.

If you want decadent and powerful, this is your huckleberry. This was so good! Where the Futo was high toned and lifted in profile, this was more dense and all encompassing. The glass smelled of fondue dipped black cherries, blueberries, fresh squeezed blackberries, baking spices like cinnamon and vanilla, with some savory graphite just at the end. Itโ€™s a total flavor bomb (in a good way) on the palate because of how focused it is. Nothing stewed, overripe or flabby. Creme de cassis, dark chocolate, cedar, cascading dark fruits toward the finish. Big structure but so nimble. This reminds me of Shafer HSS. Nice bottle
@Weston Eidson .
โ€” 23 days ago

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Beautiful juice.