Review: 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

With Shafer’s 2003 Cab, on first blush, there’s heat and considerable tannin on the palate. That tannin doesn’t fade, even after four hours of sipping, I’m still getting a lot of heavy tannic notes, indicating this wine’s got years ahead of it before it peaks.

The fruit beneath is enticing, even though it’s tight as a drum. Chocolate and coffee notes are most notable, with leather heavy on the finish. The wine went reasonably well with a traditional, saucy Italian dinner, but it was just as good on its own. I probably won’t crack open the other bottle of this that we have until 2013 or so.

A- / $65 (varies considerably) /

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