2000 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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2000 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

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International Wine Cellar | 90

($150) Ruby-red. Deep, slightly medicinal aromas of black cherry, mocha and menthol. Smooth and round on the palate, with noteworthy sweetness and texture for the vintage. Coolish flavors of black cherry, currant and tobacco. This can't match the best recent vintages of this bottling for depth and flavor authority, but it neatly avoids the green cast and drying tannins of so many 2000 Napa Valley cabernets.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 93

The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select was performing even better this year than it was last year. While not as weighty and ageworthy as some of the more hallowed vintages, it is a seriously endowed wine. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite, spice, and cedar, it is more forward than most vintages, but full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully seductive. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Wine Spectator | 95

A mouthful, this wine gushes with pure, ripe Cabernet fruit. Tiers of currant, anise, blackberry, cherry and wild berry flavors are supported by pretty mocha-scented oak and plush, velvety tannins that firm up on the finish, giving it a solid backbone, yet the persistent flavors keep pushing through. 2,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 98
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2030
Dark berries, cassis, and musty on the nose. Full bodied with a lingering finish. tis well balanced wine will age for decades.
Score: 98
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/27/2012
Score: 94
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/16/2012
Drink Dates:
Score: 97
Author: BigRich
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 01/08/2012
Crimson in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry. Blackberry. Full bodied. Polished texture. Long finish.

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About This Producer


John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards while the term "organic" still elicited sideways looks. "My soils were getting tired," Doug says. "They had been farmed since 1922." He installed solar panels in 2004, and now enjoys watching his batteries send power back to the grid. Elias was hired by Shafer in 1984 and named winemaker in 1994. Shafer Hillside Select is a benchmark wine of the Stag's Leap District, with a string of awards too long to list. Aged a full four years prior to release, it is, in the words of Robert Parker, "One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons."

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