2002 Shafer Firebreak

  • 88 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 71506-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    ($37; mostly sangiovese with a bit of cabernet sauvignon) Full red-ruby color. Plum , black cherry, mocha and tobacco on the nose. Soft and mellow, with slightly roasted flavors of plum, currant and chocolate. A medium-bodied wine of moderate verve and complexity, given shape by some edgy acids and dusty tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Deep, lustrous crimson. Much more obcvious ripeness on this wine, whch contains nine per cent Cabernet. The pruney side of Sangiovese taken to its really very delicious limit. There is a high register of tannin underneath all this velvety fruit but they are fully ripe. This seems more alcoholic than the 2001. Very winning ? definitely Sangiovese but with a Napa Valley polish. Defiantly sweet ? quite different in style if not quality from the more austere 2001.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Fragrant floral, wild berry and blackberry aromas carry over to the palate, giving this a rich range of concentrated flavors. The tannins are quite firm, too, though the fruit flavors push past on the long, intense finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. 2,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The fully mature 2002 Firebreak reveals notions of strawberries, cherries, loamy soil, and tar. Medium-bodied and food-friendly, it is best drunk over the next 1-3 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 261 bottles owned
    • 48 collectors