2003 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2014
The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit... The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather noticeable tannins kick in on the finish. This wine seems to be moving from adolescence to that early mature stage, where I would expect it to hold for at least another 10-15 or more years. Clearly not one of the superstars in what was a rather astonishing qualitative lineup, but it’s outrageously good Cabernet Sauvignon, and I expect myself, as well as any of my readers, would drink this 24/7. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2006
A big rich bold and expansive style with tiers of dense currant mineral earth black cherry anise and cedary oak flavors that are intense and concentrated with the tannins showing a raw edge. Young and rambunctious. Needs... A big rich bold and expansive style with tiers of dense currant mineral earth black cherry anise and cedary oak flavors that are intense and concentrated with the tannins showing a raw edge. Young and rambunctious. Needs lots of air or a little time in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2013. 2200 cases made. –JL
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2007
Medium ruby. Aromas of black raspberry currant cocoa powder cedar graphite violet licorice and sweet oak. Lush and very sweet but with lively mint and naphtha notes lifting the flavors of black cherry dark berries and... Medium ruby. Aromas of black raspberry currant cocoa powder cedar graphite violet licorice and sweet oak. Lush and very sweet but with lively mint and naphtha notes lifting the flavors of black cherry dark berries and dark chocolate. Finishes with a firm edge of tannins and acids and yet this wine should give early pleasure. I find a wider range of ripeness here than in the supernal 2002.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2003

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.