Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

9.5133 ratings
9.323 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
David L

10’ Will be even better in 2 + years

10’ Will be even better in 2 + years

Feb 23rd, 2018
Bill Bender

Shafer HS is an all time favorite of mine but I don't typically open a bottle within 10 years of release. This bottle illustrated why. It's still in its chrysalis--developing and building and gaining weight and shedding tannin. Just not ready even after hours in the decanter.

Shafer HS is an all time favorite of mine but I don't typically open a bottle within 10 years of release. This bottle illustrated why. It's still in its chrysalis--developing and building and gaining weight and shedding tannin. Just not ready even after hours in the decanter.

May 11th, 2017
Max Gottesfeld

Bright fruit super rich strong.

Bright fruit super rich strong.

Sep 24th, 2016
Bill Bender

Well on it's way but still needs more time. A little heat on the attack gave way to a smooth, balanced dark fruit profile of bruised plum and macerated sweet black currant with some graphite undertones. The mid-palate was certainly not hollow but the secondary characteristics are just not spilling out like a more mature vintage of the HSS will show at its best (like the '02 I had earlier this year that encompasses all the best of this maker). Hold or audoze for several hours and then decant. Still an exceptional wine that will just keep ascending and evolving.

Well on it's way but still needs more time. A little heat on the attack gave way to a smooth, balanced dark fruit profile of bruised plum and macerated sweet black currant with some graphite undertones. The mid-palate was certainly not hollow but the secondary characteristics are just not spilling out like a more mature vintage of the HSS will show at its best (like the '02 I had earlier this year that encompasses all the best of this maker). Hold or audoze for several hours and then decant. Still an exceptional wine that will just keep ascending and evolving.

Jul 2nd, 2016
Corey Zamora, CSW

Way too young at this point for a fair shake. Needs a lot more time.

Way too young at this point for a fair shake. Needs a lot more time.

Jun 17th, 2016
Geoffrey Luce

Great. Thank you very much

Great. Thank you very much

Jun 3rd, 2015
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.7

Deep, dark blueberry and blackberry pie. So delicious! Could use a lot more time but we were celebrating

Deep, dark blueberry and blackberry pie. So delicious! Could use a lot more time but we were celebrating

May 3rd, 2015
Henrik Poulsen

15.5% alc.
Despite the lofty alc. this showed really great.

15.5% alc.
Despite the lofty alc. this showed really great.

May 1st, 2015
Ryan Mullins

Really pure and beautiful. Leave alone for a decade but a pretty remarkable wine

Really pure and beautiful. Leave alone for a decade but a pretty remarkable wine

Mar 19th, 2015