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2008 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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2008 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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93-95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

(still in barrel):  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.

96 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

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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