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Region Producersort descending Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Colgin 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 1 Case 3 75cl £730
California Colgin 2003 IX Estate Syrah 2 Case 3 75cl £640
California Dominus Estate 2003 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,025
California Shafer 2003 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 75cl £210
  • Rating


    Release Price


    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014


    216, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather noticeable tannins kick in on the finish. This wine seems to be moving from adolescence to that early mature stage, where I would expect it to hold for at least another 10-15 or more years. Clearly not one of the superstars in what was a rather astonishing qualitative lineup, but it’s outrageously good Cabernet Sauvignon, and I expect myself, as well as any of my readers, would drink this 24/7.

    Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyard consists of 54 acres all on steep, amphitheater-like, rocky outcroppings and knolls. It receives the full benefit of southeasterly sunlight, and enjoys the afternoon breezes that blow up from the San Francisco Bay channel. An unusual geographic feature, this vineyard is basically a box canyon. The top soil is virtually non-existent as the bed roots that go into the white tofu volcanic soil base rarely extend more than 18 inches before hitting bedrock. This no doubt is a significant reason for the intense flavors achieved by the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and why it is able to spend 32 months in 100% new French oak without a woody taste.

Tasting Notes
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Papa Syrah 4 Bottle 75cl £400
  • There are 860 cases of the 2003 Papa, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, and 1% Grenache sourced from six different vineyards. An old black and white photograph of Manfred Krankl’s father holding a baby with a head the size of a large watermelon (presumably Manfred) serves as the label for this wine, which has just about everything one could want in a great Syrah. It exhibits extraordinary power and richness along with large quantities of sexy, seductive cassis, black cherries, and a chocolaty undertone. Unctuously textured, rich, and full, it will provide amazing drinking over the next 10-15 years.

    Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (166), August 2006

Tasting Notes
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Omega Shea Vineyard 3 Bottle 75cl £385
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Papa (Syrah) 1 Case 6 75cl £2,400
California Verite 2003 Desir 1 Bottle 150cl £450
California Verite 2003 Joie 3 Bottle 75cl £185
California Verite 2003 Joie 1 Bottle 150cl £380