2002 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml

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2002 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
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International Wine Cellar | 96

($190) Saturated full ruby color.Brooding aromas of cassis, black raspberry, smoke, chocolate, graphite and minerals. Thoroughly ripe, rich and tactile, but with captivating lift to its flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, cassis and flowers.Highly impressive mounting finish saturates the palate with flavor. Already shows great sweetness, but the wine's tight core of fruit suggests it will develop slowly and gracefully in bottle. Boasts a combination of lushness and energy that's rare for California cabernet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 130

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Wine Advocate | 100

One of the world's greatest wines year in and year out is Shafer's Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. The 2002 was a candidate for perfection the first time I tasted it. The estate keeps this cuvee 32 months in 100% new French oak, so I had a number of chances to see it from barrel. Moreover, I purchased the wine for my own cellar and have had it at least a half dozen times since bottling, and it just gets more profound with each sip. This wine is beyond belief for how it balances its extraordinary richness, purity of personality, and the elegance and finesse of the Stags Leap District with massive cassis fruit, spring flowers, toasty oak and earth. The wine is fabulously concentrated, multidimensional and built like a skyscraper, yet nothing is out of place. The wood, alcohol, acidity and tannin are all in perfect balance. This offering is a tribute to the greatness of Napa Valley, which was recognized by men and women hundreds of years ago, and to the modern day genius of the Shafer family. This 2002 has 50 years of life ahead of it - but why wait!

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 97

Very young, rich and extracted, this boasts a dense, powerful presence and tannic core flavors of blackberry, black licorice, cedar, mocha, roasted coffee, loamy earth, vanilla and dried herb. A tour de force of flavor, ending with ripe, muscular tannins.

Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: James Laube


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Score: 100
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 95
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2028
Slightly grassy when opened but, that faded to baked cherries, dark fruits that carried the tannins well. This wine will age well for a long time but, still drinks well now.
Score: 98
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/08/2012
Near perfect. Still young...not a hint of aging. Drink now...wait 10 years, it will be outstanding.
Score: 100
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 01/01/2011
Drank New Years 2010 along with 5 other 98 + wines and this things was the top dog!!!

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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2030

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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