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2000 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

  • 94 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 59032-2000

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2000 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is another beautiful vintage from a challenging year. The brilliant winemaking and great terroir of the Hillside Select overcame the vintage deficiencies. A touch of herbaceousness is a rarity in a Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, but one can taste it in the 2000. It adds complexity as opposed to any distraction. Somewhat similar in style to the 1993, with a certain austerity, but deep, tarry red and black currant fruit and plush medium to full-bodied texture, this wine seems to have reached full maturity, where is should be drunk up over the next 5-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: coffeemuse
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: JNEWK
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Stewart
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: sbind
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2004-2015
    Author: Ed K994
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Crimson in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry. Blackberry. Full bodied. Polished texture. Long finish.
    Author: BigRich
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Dark berries, cassis, and musty on the nose. Full bodied with a lingering finish. tis well balanced wine will age for decades.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: Charles M71
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deeply colored with a big nose of warm chocolate brownies and dark fruits. Very rich in the mouth with powerful but amorphous fruit. Tannins are light and well integrated. Quite forward and pretty ? as the best Napa 2000s are, this 2000 makes for rewarding drinking right now. The Hillside Select is aged for three years in French oak (Alliers and Troncais) before bottling, but the extensive oak aging never seems to be a problem due to the wine?s formidable concentration.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2009
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 94

    I've been drinking these backwards - first 02, then 01, and now the 00. The 2001 is definitely my favorite of the three, but this wine is the most approachable right now. Very deep and dark, almost a vortex in the glass. A bouquet of bombastic, dark stewed and fresh fruits, lots of dill, and some cigar box. The palate is struck with taffeta tannins, more than a hint of alcohol, and still prevalent fruit. 1.5 minute finish that is characteristic of the HSS. Good wine.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2013
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Straight out of the bottle I knew I had something special. Big fruity nose, mild tanins, a 30 second linger on the palate made this very smooth. Paired well with a poached beef tenderloin. One of the best wines I've ever tasted!
    Author: BobT
  • Self | Rating: 89

    The wine is loosing it's fruit. There is still wood and cassis on the palate. It was much better three years ago when I last tasted. Drink now.
    Drink Dates: 2001-2007
    Author: Conrad K
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1388 bottles owned
  • 307 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 307 collectors)