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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 147 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationHillside Select
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)013528400023

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2017 (based on 40 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 93 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 105 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cab blends on 5/22/2015 & rated 94 points: Cruising the Oceans; 5/17/2015-5/24/2015: Decanted for 2 hours but could have more. Vegetal with green pepper on the nose.

Dark chocolate and rich body with a hint of heat. A finish of berries in the long finish (1755 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/14/2015 & rated 94 points: 5/15 Huge wine with years of cellar life from an unacclaimed vintage. 94 pts. (1546 views)
 Tasted by SMHalps on 2/25/2015 & rated 94 points: Parker in Dec 2014 gave this a 94 rating, and I would agree. I had it at a steakhouse dinner along with another 2000 Napa Cab, Ridge's Monte Bello. We decanted it for about 20 minutes, and then drank away. Still very lively, loads of big black fruit and some tannic backbone. Long finish, and suitable for drinking with our without the steak. (1974 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 2/23/2015 & rated 88 points: dark berry, cassis and (too much) not quite integrated oaky tannin. Hasn't come together--disappointing. Not sure what to make of this, but will hold remaining bottle for a couple of years. (1815 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 6/6/2014: This was a bit of a disappointment (esp compared to the other bottle we had a year ago). Decanted maybe 2 hours before drinking and rebottled to bring to dinner. It started very disjointed - flavors were disparate and the start/mid-palette/finish don't all come together. Sat in the glass for ~1-1.5 hours and right at the end it was starting to integrate a bit better. Got some blackberry, spice, some oak. Wish we'd given it the time it needed. (3887 views)
 Tasted by AlexHop on 3/1/2014 & rated 95 points: Wow, perfectly balanced and elegant. Still solid tannins, but silky. Nice oak. Long long finish. (3322 views)
 Tasted by Mr.Overhill on 1/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Amazingly lively for its age, with solid black cherry fruits, some sweet black plum and bittersweet expresso notes on the finish. Very nicely tiered in its flavor profile, with a wonderfully rich mid palate and distinctively plush tannins. Still a lot of life left to this slow aging baby. (3493 views)
 Tasted by cristian_m on 10/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Good clarity. Purple tinged dark ruby color. Nose of cherry, blackberry, blueberry, chokecherry. Taste of intense fruit up front, with same flavors as the nose. Very fresh and vibrant. Develops into notes of leather and minerality with a very quick onset of the tannins. Tannins hold for a very substantial length. Wine comes off as disjointed with the fruit up front being abruptly overtaken by the tannins. Decanting helped but did not resolve this structure issue. Length is overall long but lacks complexity associated with other Hillside Select vintages. A good wine but not top pedigree for Shafer. This wine lost a blind tasting for preference against a 16 Euro Barolo from 2003 I picked up in a super market in Vercelli Italy. Will not be restocking Shafer. (4174 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): Brief note. Ripe, but good balance. Drinking well now, with good textures, good charm. (5156 views)
 Tasted by danielk168 on 8/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Bottle decanted about one hour, fully matured, intense black fruits and silky tannins, perfect with steak. long finish, unlike the 01, which need more time. (2681 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Blackberry and plum aromas with licorice, cassis, eucalyptus, black pepper support. Fresh and ripe black fruit flavors with robust spice. Good balance overall, moderate length. Slightly less ripe the second day, making it slightly better. (3576 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Shafer Hillside Select Vertical Tasting (Switzerland): Intensive red and still purple in the center. In the nose there was quite a bit of alcohol covering the berry flavors. Quite an opulent wine, with cassis and cherries. Overall considering the vintage a great effort but at the end all is a bit short. Drink now - 2020 (3406 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 5/11/2013 & rated 94 points: Best word for this wine is delicious - we opened maybe an hour or two before actually drinking and even with that it really opened up over the time in the glass. Huge big blackberries that are so ripe they feel like they are falling off of the vine. There's a depth of character that maybe if I was writing the note while drinking the wine I could pinpoint, but as we drank it at dinner a few hours ago I am less able to give specific detail. Beautiful wine though and looking forward to our remaining bottle. (2365 views)
 Tasted by Tarpon222 on 5/8/2013 & rated 94 points: Dynamite. Opaque, inky. Velvety finish but with punch. Gorgeous nose with dark fruits on the palate. (2132 views)
 Tasted by Doublebass on 4/13/2013 & rated 95 points: Wow. dark, deep and long, tannins still firm. Long way to go
The wine looks Inky colored. The body is Full. The wine has Leathery texture. The wine finishes Long. (2193 views)
 Tasted by WojoWineCave on 12/25/2012 & rated 93 points: Aged nicely. Great wine to drink on Xmas. (2830 views)
 Tasted by AlexHop on 10/14/2012 & rated 92 points: Solid but not as complex and interesting as other vintages. (3297 views)
 Tasted by Tmurphrey on 8/11/2012 & rated 95 points: Exceptional napa cab. Aged well, could go somewhat longer, but this was a magnum. I suspect the 750's are ready now. Dark, some anise at the back. Smoothed out tannins. (3344 views)
 Tasted by DarinC on 7/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Excellent for a 2000. From magnum. Very expressive nose with ripe dark fruit, licorice, cassis, vanilla, flowers, spice and some damp earth with air. Full bodied, supple creamy palate with very few plush tannins. Not as complex or long as the best vintages, but still great. Drink soon. (3543 views)
 Tasted by arniec on 7/8/2012 & rated 92 points: Nicely integrated. Lush fruit from attack through finish. No tannins. Feel that it is beginning to fade. Drink now. (3393 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 6/14/2012 & rated 91 points: dropped by B/Bs house and they warmed up some left over zachary's deep dish pizza and popped this baby; elegant plum with a smooth/full mouth feel; the match worked but not as well as a younger more rustic ridge geyserville zin always does. lowish tannin/acidity and only minor secondary flavors of tobacco/earth, so i wonder if this will age well; but it is fun to drink; thanks guys. (3036 views)
 Tasted by terroiristblog on 4/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Epic Wine Dinner at Bourbon Steak (Washington DC): In a Shafer HSS flight (of 4), the most disappointing. While deliciously hedonistic, the fruit borders on overripe. It's marked by notes of baked blackberries, purple powerade, and maple syrup -- with a hint of loam and seawater to make things interesting. (3932 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/17/2012 & rated 95 points: Concentrated bouquet. On the palate a firm amount of sweetness, ripe blackberry and blueberry juice. Soft tannin with still a good bite. Great length. Modern and great wine with still potential for at least another 3 - 5 years. (3324 views)
 Tasted by gmat5497 on 1/14/2012 & rated 93 points: Great wine. Very well balanced and pronounced. (3692 views)
 Tasted by shiel on 1/7/2012 & rated 95 points: Drinking wonderfully. Great balance of tannins and fruit. Just delicious. (3813 views)
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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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