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 Vintage2001 Label 31 of 52 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2006 vintage.)
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)013528400023

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2026 (based on 70 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95.5 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 186 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by sjdoc on 4/4/2015 & rated 100 points: drank in a vertical tasting, 99-03. 2003 did not match up. 99 was a surprise hit. 2001 and 2002 were the clear winners with the 01 being slightly better (933 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 3/8/2015 & rated 96 points: No decant. Terrific. Wonderful stuff. Drink or hold. (1057 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 2/27/2015: Full beefy nose with a hint of motor oil. The palate is.magnificent. With Beef, cinnamon, herbs and Sweet berries. Nice ash to this. Awesome. (1033 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 1/17/2015 & rated 96 points: 96 points at least, but maybe higher since it was difficult to focus. Drank for Johnny's 50th birthday at 801 Chophouse. Great steaks all around and lots of festivities, so tough to really pay close attention to the wine. Know it was great, poured from magnum during cocktails into decanter. It was a wow on first taste and just got better. Classic Shafer HS round, full-bodied, great flavors. Glad I have more. No rush on drinking this, still young in profile. (1235 views)
 Tasted by Biroldo on 12/25/2014 & rated 95 points: Great wine. Star of the night. (1709 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 12/4/2014: Part of 1994/2001 California tasting. Decanter for 2 hours. This one is way over the top. Overripe dark red fruit and alcohol on the nose; very port like. Mouth coating very fine tannins and long finish, unfortunately too alcoholic. I dislike this style of wine so to be fair I will not rate it. (1163 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 10/18/2014 & rated 97 points: Drank with Danny H. and Shanna at the home. Special bottle when knowledgeable relatives come over and they appreciated it properly. What I expect when I break out a bottle of Shafer HS. Big, round deep flavors, but enough structure to support and make it a long mouthful. Great now, and likely to gain complexity over another 5 years or so, at least (2166 views)
 Tasted by Rktekt3 on 9/21/2014 & rated 98 points: New benchmark. (2308 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 9/17/2014: Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): {magnum} A divisive wine by its very nature, I suppose; perhaps more so at this stage and in this format. No need to run through the descriptors at this point, as it's pretty well documented. Would like to see this in 10 year (750ml) and/or 20 years (1.5L) as I prefer nuanced tertiary to modern/sappy secondary. Let these rest unless you're just ready to get your hedonism on.

Aerated to decanter 90 minutes, this was still unfolding some three hours in; served non-blind. (2972 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 6/28/2014 & rated 95 points: At Tom and Susan's farewell dinner...very generous of them to open their cellar as they did on this evening. Drank this along with a 00 Bond Vecina, 01 Hundred Acre and an 01 Colgin Cariad...

Shafer Hillside, for me, has always been a great experieince. This wine was no different and probably in a good zone right now. I think this was open for about 90 minutes when we started, it definitely improved in the glass over the next hour+. Great dark fruits, black currants, blueberry, holiday spice, chocolate. Long 30+ second finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, not too dense

Tannins resolved and sweet, in a really good spot now. Has a long life, but unsure if it will improve much...

The crew on this night felt it was consistent and good, WOTN was either Hundred Acre or Colgin (3009 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 6/27/2014 & rated 100 points: Maybe a bit boring, but still a perfect wine. Or maybe, the perfection makes this wine slightly dull. There is not a hard edge to the nose. It is totally seamless and if silk had a scent this would be it. The fruit is deep, perfectly mature without being over the top. There are clean red berries with an almost voluptuous expression, but since balance is the keyword here, ballpoint pen, lovely earthiness and perfect oak speak up with an elegant voice. There is no chance the taster will find a flaw here. I somewhat hope the palate will disappoint me and compensate for the dullness. But it does not. It is clean, balanced and so integrated I get a tear of frustration in my right eye. It is incredibly good! Tannins, acidity, oak and fruit in one balanced harmony. A totally adorable wine. Sorry to find this perfection a bit frustrating.

(Tasted in a flight with 2001 Shafer Hillside Select, 2001 Napa Valley Reserve, 2002 Quilceda Creek and 2007 Hundred Acre Precious.) (3036 views)
 Tasted by aquacongas on 5/1/2014 & rated 99 points: powerful, blackcurrant, spicy, cinnamon, sweet Tannins, longlife ahead, at least 10 years,second best cab after harlan 1997 for me, great filet and grilled carrots (2861 views)
 Tasted by lswonger on 4/26/2014 & rated 90 points: Rich and opulent; after an hour it was still young. Dense currant and berry, not overly ripe but it had the classic sweetness and viscosity of a good California cabernet (2436 views)
 Tasted by RickyT12 on 3/23/2014 & rated 94 points: 3 hrs decant.
Super dark, very heavy little alcohol a lot of raspberry nose. Very good 30 second finish almost chewy. Juicy raspberry finish. Just a weird combination weight, alcohol, christmas flavors coming through has that powder jelly donut common with Hillside select. Just feels a little tired and to have lost its pop a bit. Actually has a type of milk chocolate, Cadbury eggs flavor. Nice wine, but just felt a bit tired. Kind of a bummer. (2978 views)
 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 3/22/2014 & rated 95 points: Excellent napa cabernet that is showing its stuff. Rich flavors of cassis, milk chocolate liqueur, mocha, blackberry jam, cadbury cream egg. Thick and mouth staining. There is an undeniable deliciousness to this wine and it is so well made. The finish is so rich and powerful. Only set back was that a lot of heat and alcohol was getting in the way and held back some of the different fruit components. Perhaps after some time to integrate more, it will be easy see why this wine has received so much praise. (2201 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 3/21/2014 & rated 93 points: HEAVY glass bottle. Very dark in color. Port-like in sweetness. Similar to a jelly doughnut with a short, jammy finish. Difficult to detect exactly which fruit flavors, but something is present. Also some chocolate present. Tired flavors (?). A bit too alcoholic for my palate. Good, but lacks balance. Probably won't buy again at this price. (2202 views)
 Tasted by mactheknife on 12/25/2013 & rated 97 points: As this wine evolves, it just introduces another side of itself in a great way; decanted for 30 minutes; youthful but now offering some spice notes; great balance; beautiful nose; tannins are silky now. Still plenty of fruit but in harmony with the wine. (2469 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/26/2013: Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): Brief note. Controversial wine tonight, coming across as over ripe and hot tonight, not nearly as well balanced as I recall from last time tried, perhaps a year ago. (4597 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 8/16/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted for about 2 hours prior. Improved since my January 2010 btl with more focus and better integration of the oak. Overall though, this is a huge brawny beast and really not my favorite style. The concentration is fantastic and its showing some intense palate staining cedarey, chocolate dark fruit flavors but I think this will always lack the finesse I'm looking for in my favorite wines. A recent 96 Montrose, for example, would blow this away side by side. At $195 on release some years ago I don't see this as worth it, for my palate going forward. Very well made and a great CA Cab but, I'd rather buy the occasional btl of Pride Mt's standard Cab for around $60 anyday. My score is reflective more of how I feel this would appeal to others who love this style of wine and, that it is undeniably, well made. This is very youthful yet and should improve so perhaps in 5yrs I'd feel differently about this wine but I doubt it. (3613 views)
 Tasted by gr8r84u on 8/1/2013 & rated 96 points: Fantastic! Sorry this is my last one. (3714 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 7/20/2013 & rated 96 points: Absolutely stunning wine. Everything in beautiful balance and amazing long finish. Just lovely but no need to hurry. (3509 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/1/2013 & rated 96 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): Many consider this wine as the successor of the legendary 1978 Shafer. Even though I have never tasted the 1978, I can imagine why.

Still a deep red color with purple in the middle. The nose shows an explosion of flavors, chocolate, tar, licorice, currant and cooked cherries. There is an enormous length to this wine and it is smooth as silk. It is wonderful now but I am quite sure there is much more to come in around 5-10 years. Amazing stuff. Unless you have a good stock of this wine I would hold off from opening the next bottle until 2018. (3701 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 6/8/2013 & rated 97 points: Dreamtasting #5 (Restaurant Merlet, Schoorl): (*) Very primary in its aromatic play, yet the structure is starting to soften. Very mellow, velvety, no hard edges... this is how alcohol and oak should be integrated into the wine! Mindboggling complexity opening up after extensive aeration. So rich, so comforting, it has to be tasted to believe it. Creme de cassis, fresh black cherries, cuban cigars, espresso, asian spices, it goes on and on. This is a total masterpiece and I had visions that - in 5 years' time - this wine would merit the perfect score... 19-19.5/20 (2063 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 5/17/2013 & rated 96 points: Trip’s visit to DC - Capital Grill (Capital Grill at Tysons corner, VA): Jammy blue fruits, cassis, lavender, lead pencil, a hint of ash and caramel. Excellent concentration, opulent sweet fruits and silky palate. This seems slightly less concentration and more subtle than the 02 but drinking better. Certainly very impressive. (3461 views)
 Tasted by Krhcellar on 3/23/2013: Awesome!! (3247 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/25/2006)
(Shafer, Hillside Select Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/21/2012)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Nearly opaque purple red violet color; appealing, youthful, berry, black currant, plum nose; tasty, ripe plum, berry, black currant palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO (5/29/2009)
(Shafer Hillside Select)   93 points
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Producer website
John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon,
their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select,
is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.

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