2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary SunSpot Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • ledwards wrote: (96 points)

    November 16, 2014 - This wine is beginnng to really intergrate the fruit with the backbone starting to take grip nicely. A few years behind evolution of regular Hillside. Hold another 2-3 years+. 2 years ago I thought 93ish (fruit a bit too overt), last night 96ish- no question its going higher.

  • emtame wrote: (97 points)

    May 24, 2014 - From magnum. Opens with a prodigious nose of brambly fruit and a smoky note that initially repeats on the palate but subsides with air. In the mouth, this is lush but also impeccably balanced, with black currant and blackberry fruit notes accented by roasted coffee and an earthy minerality. It's full bodied, to be sure, but in no way heavy or ponderous and the fruit avoids being overtly sweet. Rounded tannins make an appearance on the long and very satisfying finish. This special wine appears to be at peak but isn't in danger of declining anytime soon. We shared this with my dad, who declared it one of the best cabs he's ever had. I agree.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: (93 points)

    August 26, 2013 - Birthday Celebration (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): Brief note. Probably my favorite Shafer of the evening amongst a dozen 1978-2005. Lots of ripe fruit, but with great energy and freshness to maintain impressive balance. At a very good place now.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: (92 points)

    June 26, 2012 - Birthday Celebration (Balena - Chicago IL): From magnum. This is a very large scaled, showy wine. Black and dense with lots of big spice flavors from fruit and new oak. No question this is a very well made wine, but this style of ripeness and extraction isn't my favorite. I liked it, while others liked it considerably more.

  • CharlesHetzel wrote: (98 points)

    June 26, 2012 - brought to Balena for a birthday bash - mostly magnums. Wine was quite the mouth feel ... lots of chewy supple black fruit, hints of some subtle tobacco that i have come to love in Shafer cabernets. What an amazingly long finish - very flash wine .... love the plush and the young fruit still. This is what a Napa cab should be - since it's so special - I am keeping two other bottles to drink at a later date!

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/4/2013 (link) 92 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary SunSpot Vineyard) From magnum - dark maroon color; boysenberry, cassis, berry syrup nose; rich, creamy textured, syrupy, black cherry, black currant, blueberry palate with lowish acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/5/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary SunSpot Vineyard) Intense blackberry nose; big, cassis, blackberry, plum palate, young and a bit monolithic now; long finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Anniversary
  • Vineyard SunSpot Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (2%)
  • In Cellars 162 (67%)
  • Consumed 77 (32%)

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