2008 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • WS 96
  • IWC 95
  • W&S 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is quite structured. Even with its firm tannins though the wine shows gorgeous depth and sheer power. The 2008 isn't a wine with early appeal but it shows off tons of muscle and... The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is quite structured. Even with its firm tannins though the wine shows gorgeous depth and sheer power. The 2008 isn't a wine with early appeal but it shows off tons of muscle and sheer depth. Dark fruit leather licorice spices and tar inform the muscular virile finish. The 2008 will require patience but its explosive personality virtually ensures it will be a rock star in a few years' time. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2012
Muscular and tightly wound yet beautifully focused and proportioned dense and chewy delivering rich layers of dried currant blackberry spice and licorice flavors. Demands cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2028. -JL
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2011
Ruby-red a bit less saturated than the 2007. Crystallized black cherry cassis licorice and violet on the nose. Leaner on entry than the 2007 then broadens impressively in the middle offering a dense silky texture with a... Ruby-red a bit less saturated than the 2007. Crystallized black cherry cassis licorice and violet on the nose. Leaner on entry than the 2007 then broadens impressively in the middle offering a dense silky texture with a lovely light touch. The dark fruit espresso and menthol flavors are slightly liqueur-like but boast excellent definition and lift. Finishes with firm tannins that will require bottle aging.
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2012
Rich and fragrant this wine has all the succulent depths of black currant fruit and layers of savory chocolate-scented tannins that cult cabernets have tried to emulate and perfect. Since 1978 this series of rocky knolls... Rich and fragrant this wine has all the succulent depths of black currant fruit and layers of savory chocolate-scented tannins that cult cabernets have tried to emulate and perfect. Since 1978 this series of rocky knolls under the Stag's Leap Escarpment have produced one of Napa Valley's signature red wines; the generosity and concentration come naturally. This is a vibrant 2008 one that reaches over the top while staying grounded earthy and real.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Stag's Leap District
Vintage 2008

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.