1998 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L

  • WE 95
  • WA 95
  • WS 91
  • IWC 90

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2002
An absolute joy and a very great success for this vintage which produced so many disappointing Cabernets. Unusually dark. Begins closed but swirling brings out cassis and loads of smoky oak. Dense and lush it's incredibly... An absolute joy and a very great success for this vintage which produced so many disappointing Cabernets. Unusually dark. Begins closed but swirling brings out cassis and loads of smoky oak. Dense and lush it's incredibly long on flavor with fabulous intensity. The reputation of this collector's wine is undiminished.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2014
The 1998 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select was produced during a challenging vintage in Napa Valley with an incredible heat wave in mid-July, with temperatures at the Hillside Select property hitting an... The 1998 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select was produced during a challenging vintage in Napa Valley with an incredible heat wave in mid-July, with temperatures at the Hillside Select property hitting an astonishing 114 degrees. This was brutal for the grapes, but a strict selection, and as Doug and John Shafer said, “We make no excuses at this winery.” Certainly, this was one of the great successes in this vintage. Very tiny yields from small, rather shriveled berries produced a super-extracted, rich, intense wine that has some smokey barbecue notes along with blackcurrants, cedar wood, wet rocks and background oak and burning embers. There's almost a Graves-like, scorched earth character to this vintage. This medium to full-bodied wine is intense and undeniably one of the top ten wines in Napa Valley. Moreover, it should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2009
Rich and enticingly earthy, with layers of dried currant, blackberry, anise, mineral and mocha flavors that are pure and focused, complex and long. Ends with chewy tannins. The best of two bottles tasted.--1998 California... Rich and enticingly earthy, with layers of dried currant, blackberry, anise, mineral and mocha flavors that are pure and focused, complex and long. Ends with chewy tannins. The best of two bottles tasted.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. – JL
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2001
...Medium ruby. Black cherry and red licorice on the nose; largely avoids the herbal aspect shown by this winery other 1998 reds. Very intense flavors of black cherry licorice and mint but still tightly wound even a bit... ...Medium ruby. Black cherry and red licorice on the nose; largely avoids the herbal aspect shown by this winery other 1998 reds. Very intense flavors of black cherry licorice and mint but still tightly wound even a bit clenched and unevolved for a '98. Very long firm finish hints at mint and exotic Indian spices...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Stag's Leap District
Vintage 1998

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.