1991 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 96
  • WS 93
  • JR 93
  • CG 93

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2014
The 1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select represents the beginning of a new era where sterile filtration was halted, after which the quality of most vintages soared to new heights. They may also have been picking... The 1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select represents the beginning of a new era where sterile filtration was halted, after which the quality of most vintages soared to new heights. They may also have been picking riper fruit, as Napa Valley was in the midst of enjoying some fabulous vintages in what would turn out to be a Golden Era for its wineries. The 1991 is the finest Hillside Select of the early 1990s, although the 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998 are close in quality. A stunning nose of licorice, vanillin, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crème de cassis and cedarwood are present in this multilayered, full-bodied, opulent, super-concentrated wine. It still possesses an opaque ruby/purple color to the rim. At age 23, this beauty is just hitting its plateau of full maturity. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, January 2002
Rich and plush deeply concentrated with complex currant coffee and cedar and a twinge of stalky bell pepper and green bean. Finishes with tobacco notes and firm tannins. Turns herbal but has a long way to go.--'81/'91... Rich and plush deeply concentrated with complex currant coffee and cedar and a twinge of stalky bell pepper and green bean. Finishes with tobacco notes and firm tannins. Turns herbal but has a long way to go.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2007. –JL
JR 93
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, June 2003
Very, very deep purple. Black cherry. Round, full, suave, and very appetising. Tannins now quite soft. Nicely refreshing dry end and acidity. 18/20
CG 93
Connoisseur's Guide, March 2007
We liked this wine when first released some dozen years back, and we like it even more now. While it still shows a trace of herbaceousness, it is simply loaded with deep, well-extracted fruit and rich oak, and it is every... We liked this wine when first released some dozen years back, and we like it even more now. While it still shows a trace of herbaceousness, it is simply loaded with deep, well-extracted fruit and rich oak, and it is every inch Cabernet in terms of its solid structure. If anything, it still needs some years in the cellar, and we can see it improving for another decade or more.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 1991

Winery

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1972 by John Shafer who left a 23-year career in the publishing industry to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate, the family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards which dated back to the 1920s.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer.

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later, Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.

New vineyards have been added over the years, with acreage acquired in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, bringing the total Shafer vineyard acreage to over 200 acres. Winery facilities have been expanded and extensive caves carved into the hillside for aging wine.

In 1994, Elias was appointed winemaker, and Doug took over the reins as president when John became chairman of the board.