Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

9.51794 ratings
9.3402 pro ratings
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Conrad Green

Very dense and primary still. Dark plum, damson, blood, hint of minerality and menthol. Beautifully rich and smooth, real velvet on the palate. Good balance and long. If there’s a knock, it lacks a little in definition and wildness... all is subsumed in a smooth and rich ride.

Very dense and primary still. Dark plum, damson, blood, hint of minerality and menthol. Beautifully rich and smooth, real velvet on the palate. Good balance and long. If there’s a knock, it lacks a little in definition and wildness... all is subsumed in a smooth and rich ride.

Mar 28th, 2021
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.3

13.5 alc.! Very nice. In a lovely spot

13.5 alc.! Very nice. In a lovely spot

Jan 3rd, 2021
Mike R
9.6

WHN virtual tasting of different HHS - I choose the 2005 - 3 hour decant - medium body and palette / red blue and of course black fruits - stags leap taste profile with old school winemaking - length was not as long as I would have wanted - ABV is 15% and just a little heat present - delicious and could last longer but why wait as this fruit forward is perfectly integrated now

WHN virtual tasting of different HHS - I choose the 2005 - 3 hour decant - medium body and palette / red blue and of course black fruits - stags leap taste profile with old school winemaking - length was not as long as I would have wanted - ABV is 15% and just a little heat present - delicious and could last longer but why wait as this fruit forward is perfectly integrated now

Dec 14th, 2020
Michael Herzog

Oak but good oak. Needed a decant at 17 years old. A sign of a great wine. Once decanted, it sang so smoothly like Norah Jones. I would like this again. Thank you Lim.

Oak but good oak. Needed a decant at 17 years old. A sign of a great wine. Once decanted, it sang so smoothly like Norah Jones. I would like this again. Thank you Lim.

Sep 15th, 2020
Mike R
9.7

Omg so good and still young - loved it with @David L

Omg so good and still young - loved it with @David L

Jul 13th, 2020
David L

2005 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.

Palate- Warm black cherries, plum, blackberries & fresh black currants. Complexed/seamless, remarkably balanced, finishing with great length & depth. Tremendous wine that’s raring to go now.
@Mike R Multiple thanks aging for sharing this sensation bottle.

2005 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.

Palate- Warm black cherries, plum, blackberries & fresh black currants. Complexed/seamless, remarkably balanced, finishing with great length & depth. Tremendous wine that’s raring to go now.
@Mike R Multiple thanks aging for sharing this sensation bottle.

Jul 13th, 2020
Andrew S

A big styled wine with well integrated tannins. Nice notes of spice and cocoa on top of the core of ripe darker fruits. Best at cellar temp after 90 minute decant.

A big styled wine with well integrated tannins. Nice notes of spice and cocoa on top of the core of ripe darker fruits. Best at cellar temp after 90 minute decant.

Jul 1st, 2020
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.6

Just fabulous at Saturday’s Stags Leap Vinous Learn. Sumptuous, silky and drinking beautifully 🤩😱

Just fabulous at Saturday’s Stags Leap Vinous Learn. Sumptuous, silky and drinking beautifully 🤩😱

Jun 24th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

To me Shafer is among the worlds best wineries. Aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. Deep Ruby Ruby w/wonderful aromas of red/black fruits, cherry and blackberry, with hints of cedar, earthy oak & spice. Tasting this wine was absolutely magnificent, concentrated dark berry fruit flavors, spices, leather and oak, exploding on my palate. Soft velvety subtle tannins provide a nice deep lingering finish. Truly an outstanding Cab, one of the best. Just Perfect!!!!

To me Shafer is among the worlds best wineries. Aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. Deep Ruby Ruby w/wonderful aromas of red/black fruits, cherry and blackberry, with hints of cedar, earthy oak & spice. Tasting this wine was absolutely magnificent, concentrated dark berry fruit flavors, spices, leather and oak, exploding on my palate. Soft velvety subtle tannins provide a nice deep lingering finish. Truly an outstanding Cab, one of the best. Just Perfect!!!!

Jun 10th, 2020
Shay A
9.6

Though not the same as it was pre-COVID -19, a handful of us were able to gather (while keeping our distance) to celebrate being back together and opened some fun wines to share. Wine is always better with good company.

The ‘04 has always been a favorite of mine, but this is really close. Aromatically, it is decadent and seductive. Sweet and ripe red, blue and black fruits dipped in fondue chocolate, with graham cracker and espresso, but also a charcoal/graphite like mineral note. It is silky on the palate with waves of more chocolate dipped fruits, nutmeg, Mexican vanilla and dust all wrapped in a rich profile that is still elegant and balanced. Gorgeous wine courtesy of
@joe leatherwood .

Though not the same as it was pre-COVID -19, a handful of us were able to gather (while keeping our distance) to celebrate being back together and opened some fun wines to share. Wine is always better with good company.

The ‘04 has always been a favorite of mine, but this is really close. Aromatically, it is decadent and seductive. Sweet and ripe red, blue and black fruits dipped in fondue chocolate, with graham cracker and espresso, but also a charcoal/graphite like mineral note. It is silky on the palate with waves of more chocolate dipped fruits, nutmeg, Mexican vanilla and dust all wrapped in a rich profile that is still elegant and balanced. Gorgeous wine courtesy of
@joe leatherwood .

Jun 9th, 2020