Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 1.5L


SKU C0313


From one of the watershed years where a great vintage and winemaking experience came together. More complex with age offering tea, cedar, tobacco and leather. In an age plateau Hillside Select typically reaches at eight to ten years, where it holds for five or more years. Overall this wine seems to be going through a quiet phase just before entering the bottle bouquet phase in a big way.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Stags Leap District
Brand Shafer
  • wa99

Wine AdvocateThe current release, the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, is a prodigious Cabernet. I had it at a tasting in Japan, and the Japanese were as enthusiastic about it as my rating suggested they should be. They were crestfallen when informed they probably would not be able to buy multiple cases of the wine! The 1994 combines the vintage's spectacularly ripe, luscious fruit with a rarely seen degree of elegance and finesse. The wine is extremely rich, as well as gorgeously poised and graceful. The saturated ruby/purple color is accompanied by Medoc-like, lead pencil aromas intermixed with cassis, cedar, minerals, and spice. I wrote the word "great" four different times in my most recent tasting note, which mirrored every other tasting note I have. It is full-bodied and seamless, with a silky texture, voluptuous richness, and fabulous purity. The finish lasts for over 40 seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025.

Robert Parker, December 1998
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorA dark, dense and potent youngster, with a tight core of juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit that's deeply concentrated and supported by firm, ripe, integrated tannins. It's still a little awkward, so decanting is advised.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2009. 2,000 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2004