Update your browser to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to update and using the latest version
of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

Yes, Update Now
Flat front label of wine
Flat front label of wineFront shot of wine bottle

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

  • RP100
  • WE96
  • WS93
750ML / 0% ABV
Other Vintages
  • RP98
  • JS98
  • V97
  • RP98
  • JS97
  • JD97
  • WE97
  • TP96
  • WS93
  • JS99
  • RP98
  • WE98
  • TP95
  • WS94
  • RP100
  • JS98
  • WE98
  • WS96
  • RP96
  • JS96
  • WS93
  • CG91
  • RP100
  • JS98
  • WS95
  • WE95
  • CG93
  • V98
  • TP97
  • CG95
  • RP94
  • WS96
  • RP96
  • W&S94
  • RP100
  • JS97
  • WE97
  • WS92
  • W&S92
  • RP96
  • CG95
  • JS95
  • W&S94
  • WS92
  • WE92
  • RP99
  • JS94
  • W&S94
  • CG93
  • WS92
  • WE100
  • RP99
  • W&S95
  • WS94
  • RP100
  • WE97
  • WS97
  • W&S95
  • CG93
  • RP100
  • WE98
  • WS96
  • W&S94
  • WS95
  • RP94
  • W&S91
  • RP97
  • WS94
  • W&S93
  • WE95
  • RP94
  • WS91
  • WE96
  • RP96
  • WS91
  • RP98
  • W&S94
  • RP99
  • WE94
  • RP99
  • RP94
  • RP95
All Vintages
Currently Unavailable $309.97
Try the
309 97
309 97
Save $0.00 (0%)
Ships Sun, Sep 29
Limit 0 bottles per customer
Sold in increments of 0
0
Limit Reached
0.0 0 Ratings
My Wine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me when new vintages are available
Have you tried this? Rate it now
(256 characters remaining)

0.0 0 Ratings
750ML / 0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The aromas of blackberry, black cherry and spice combine power and perfume while the wine fills the mouth with a rich abundance of cassis, blackberry, toasty vanilla, mocha, herbs, and a seamless integration of soft, ripe Stags Leap District tannins. Expansive and juicy in the mouth with flavors that remain long after the glass is empty.
Only shipping discounts can be applied to this product, other promotional discounts do not apply.

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
RP 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the great so-called “first growths” of Napa is Shafer’s 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from their Stags Leap vineyard known as Hillside Select. This has been one of the top dozen or so wines in every vintage for over 15 years. A big wine at 14.9% alcohol, it is aged an atypically long time of 32 months in 100% new French oak, but at ten years of age, no oak is present. It is an utterly perfect wine, surpassing almost everything else made in 2003! It possesses everything one could desire in a Cabernet Sauvignon – minerality, flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, velvety tannins, a skyscraper texture, perfect balance and integration between the acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, all well-concealed by the luxurious nature of this great wine. The finish is endless in this prodigious offering from a great family of grape growers and winemakers. It proves the point that good guys can finish first. This 2003 should continue to drink well for 25-30 years.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
Solidly in the Hillside Select model, this vigorous young Cab is dramatically ripe and powerful. The flavors of red and black currants, milk chocolate, figs and smoky vanilla erupt in the mouth, making the tastebuds jump with joy. However, there is also the structure, among the greatest in California Cabs. The acidity is fine, but the tannins are stupendously rich, sweet and complex, practically a food group in themselves.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
A big, rich, bold and expansive style, with tiers of dense currant, mineral, earth, black cherry, anise and cedary oak flavors that are intense and concentrated, with the tannins showing a raw edge. Young and rambunctious. Needs lots of air or a little time in the cellar.
View More
Shafer

Shafer Vineyards

View all products
Shafer Vineyards, California
Image of winery

Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Since 1978 the Shafer family has produced wine in the Stags Leap District, one of the most highly-regarded winegrowing regions within Napa Valley.

Shafer’s wines, including its signature wine, Hillside Select, are found in collectors’ cellars and on wine lists in top hotels and restaurants throughout the world.

The small winery is managed by father and son team John and Doug Shafer. Elias Fernandez is winemaker. Shafer cultivates more than 200 acres of estate vineyards, sources for Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Syrah.

Image for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon content section

Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

View all products

One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

Image for  content section
View all products
SIM121675_2003 Item# 121675

$20 off your first order of $100+. Code 20NEW

$20 off your first order of $100+. Code 20NEW

There was an error redeeming your code.

*New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 9/28/2019. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...