2001 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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2001 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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International Wine Cellar | 95(+?)

($175) Saturated ruby. Brooding, pure aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, tobacco, smoke and licorice. Conveys a powerful impression of solidity, and yet the very primary flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, graphite, tar and minerals are also quite fresh. This unfolds slowly and builds impressively on the back half, finishing quite suave and fresh. The tannins are firm but not stern, and the persistent fruit flavors are red and quite bright. Possesses a superb structure for long aging in bottle. Expect this one to evolve for 15 to 20 years. A great Napa Valley cabernet, but in need of at least a few years of cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 100

I should not be surprised that the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select merited a perfect rating since I rated it 99 eight years ago. I also gave the 2002 Hillside Select a perfect rating. Kudos to Doug and John Shafer for creating two perfect wines in back to back vintages. The 2001 is a big wine (14.9% natural alcohol), but the alcohol is buried beneath an avalanche of creme de cassis, wood smoke, toast, licorice and spring flower characteristics. Super full-bodied with fabulous fruit purity, a broad, expansive mouthfeel, lots of glycerin and a huge upside, this 2001 is still an infant at age ten, but it is approachable as well as compelling to smell and taste. It has at least another three decades of aging potential ahead of it and is one of the great young, legendary classics from Napa Valley. It was a privilege to taste. There are approximately 2,000 cases of this cuvee which comes from ShaferâÂ?Â?s hillside vineyards in the Stags Leap area and is aged 32 months in 100% new French oak.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 96

Amazing for its richness, depth and concentration, with a wealth of flavors extending to espresso bean, mocha, dark berry, raspberry and cedar, intense and persistent on the long, detailed finish. An immense wine that's gracefully balanced. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: James Laube


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Score: 100
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 99
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/25/2010
Score: 98
Author: Bud2123
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/08/2009
Score: 99
Author: fumanku
Trust Rating: 75
Tasted On: 03/31/2009
This was truly a fantastic wine. Soft and supple. Decanted for 2 hours. Very soft on the palate, leather like. Powerful aromas abound. I will be buying many more bottles. Wow!

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Score: 98
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/12/2007
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Perfect balance and 2 minute finish. Stunning.

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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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