Red

2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 166

  • davidandrose Likes this wine: (97 points)

    September 11, 2016 - A remaining 1/3 of a bottle, previously Coravin'd. Drunk alongside an '02 HSS.

    Cork has been moistened 30+% up, but is still fine. Though it poured a bit lighter in color than the '02, this was stellar right out the of the bottle, with opulent rich, dark fruit flavors, black cherry highlights. After 2 hours there was considerable spice box and vanilla; fruits show a greater degree of maturity and less intensity than in the '02. Hints of Old World finesse while showing its New World pedigree. 97

    '02 HSS: 1/3 of bottle previously coravin'd, 2/3 remaining. Uncorked and allowed to breathe for 90 mins. Wine color has barely penetrated the cork.

    Purple/black coloring is darker than I'd expect for a 14 YO wine. Pencil lead, leather, char on the nose. Wine holds a firm grip on the side of the stems but glides over the palate without leaving much of a coating, though there are ample dark fruit flavors that - again- I'd expect to find in a younger wine. In a solid place today, capable of cellaring for many years to come. Tossing off a bit of fine sediment before the wine level dropped to the punt. Clearly New World and proud of it. 96

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • fish1 wrote: flawed

    August 17, 2016 - Cork came out and was very soft and broke.
    After opening there was a real funk to the wine and in the end we decided it was indeed corked.
    First time ever for a Shafer corked wine.
    Yes it was stored properly in my cellar.
    36 more bottles hope the rest are ok as Shafer is one of my favorites.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • ephorn Likes this wine: (97 points)

    August 10, 2016 - Super concentrated but not super extracted. Very long finish and excellent balance and a bit of alcoholic warmth. Tannins are medium plus. This has entered its drinking window for fans of big reds.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • rlove wrote: (92 points)

    July 2, 2016 - Inky purple, significant sediment. Sexy nose of cool blue fruit, cedar, and licorice. Boysenberry and spice on the palate, soft tannins, very nice acidity. The cool, blue mountain fruit is appealing but I had hoped for more secondary and tertiary complexity. This bottle may not be the wine's best showing. Still, the 2001 Hillside Select is a gorgeous wine and among the top of Stags Leap. Drink through 2025+.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Cgplayer9 Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 21, 2016 - Nice bouquet of fresh berries and leather. On the palate, dark berries, leather, buttery oak and baking spices; fairly long finish. Tannins fairly smooth but offering sufficient grip on the back end.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO, 5/29/2009

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/25/2006 (link)

    (Shafer, Hillside Select Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/21/2012 (link) 93 points

    (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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • UPC Code 013528400023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 23 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,217 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,352 (29%)

Food Pairing

With venison chop

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  34 votes

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