1999 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WS 93
  • WA 92

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WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2002
A masterful presentation of toasty mocha-scented oak accompanied by exotic wood spices it also delivers plenty of ripe rich complex fruit with concentrated layers of currant mocha coffee plum and black cherry. Firmly... A masterful presentation of toasty mocha-scented oak accompanied by exotic wood spices it also delivers plenty of ripe rich complex fruit with concentrated layers of currant mocha coffee plum and black cherry. Firmly tannic a step up in quality for this bottling making it more in the style of the Hillside Select. Best from 2004 through 2012. 6000 cases made. -JL
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2000
The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot) should be superb. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a full-bodied concentrated palate a multilayered mid-palate and... The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot) should be superb. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a full-bodied concentrated palate a multilayered mid-palate and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals lead pencil and spice. It should drink well for 10-15+ years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1999

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.