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2007 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
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About Shafer Vineyards

At one point in his life, John Shafer worked in the publishing industry. Now he is responsible for a slew of eye-popping scores from Robert Parker, and the making of one of Napa Valley’s greatest Cabernets...

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2007 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

Producer: Shafer Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(25th anniversary bottling):  Good full ruby.  Captivating aromas of cassis, blackberry and violet show an almost liqueur-like ripeness.  Then rich, sweet, highly concentrated and large-scaled, with compelling flavors of dark berries, brown spices and sexy oak complicated by powerful soil tones.  This drenches the mouth with flavor, with the wine's tannins melting into its powerful fruit.  Showing spectacularly today but this will evolve for decades.  The hillside behind the house and winery makes up the core of this blend.  (Incidentally, the very long 2006 showed a spectacular nose in March but is in a rather closed, tough stage right now and should be held for at least another five years.)

92 Points | Wine Spectator
98+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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