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2004 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1032891 100 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A perfect score has to be considered in the context of its region. Shafer’s 2004 Hillside Select is tremendous as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that competes with its peers at the highest levels. It’s always a fabulous wine, but in warm 2004, Shafer’s amphitheater vineyard sheltered the grapes, ripening them to perfection yet protecting the “iron fist in a velvet glove” structure that André Tchelistcheff defined as Stags Leap. This 100% Cabernet is tremendous in cassis, black currant and mocha flavors, and the 100% new French oak provides perfect additions of smoke and caramel. It’s soft and gorgeous enough to drink now, and should age well in a cool cellar for the next 20 years. Inner quote mark (3/2009)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This vintage shocked me when I did my retrospective earlier this year, and the 2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select acquitted itself brilliantly in the vertical of Hillside Selects. It was a hot year, a relatively early harvest and there were worries that the heat had stressed the grapes, and there would be a lack of physiological ripeness and nuance. Those worries have not manifested themselves in this great Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky/purple-colored with notes of blueberry, blackberry, cassis, spring flowers, and a touch of toast, the wine is opulent, voluptuous and full-bodied with sweet tannin, just enough acidity to provide freshness, vibrancy and delineation, and a spectacular finish that goes on 40+ seconds. This is a killer, a showy and flamboyant style of Hillside Select that’s already drinking beautifully and should continue to do so for another 15-20 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good deep red. Brilliantly pure, animated nose offers scents of redcurrant, spices, cedary cigar box and musky underbrush. Boasts outstanding thickness and depth of flavor and an uncanny balance of sweetness and acidity. At once bone-dry and incredibly plush, with the superconcentrated plum and redcurrant flavors complicated by sexy saline soil tones and a note of dark chocolate. Perhaps most impressive today on the suavely tannic, endless finish. This is wonderfully plush and pliant today but should continue to give great pleasure for at least another ten years. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This remains a bold, opulent, fleshy style, with explosive layers of spice, blackberry, cedar and crushed rock, ending with firm, ripe tannins and touches of mocha. Tannins lock in the finish and hold the flavors in place. (JL, Web-2014) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

96 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Pure Cabernet Sauvignon, this has a very clean, crisp nose – extremely pure but like a bud that is yet to open – it needs serious time in bottle. A touch of hoi sin, white pepper, black plum, what you might call a “sweet ‘n sour” bouquet but utterly compelling. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth tannins, fine balance and purity, blackberry leaf, raspberry, boysenberry. Sensuous and elegant on the velvety, caressing finish. Lovely … lovely and delicious!" (11/2009)

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