Red

2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 141

  • levinml wrote: (97 points)

    October 18, 2014 - 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

  • Rktekt3 wrote: (98 points)

    September 21, 2014 - New benchmark.

  • Wine-Strategies wrote:

    September 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.

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  • walkerjfw wrote: (95 points)

    June 28, 2014 - 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

  • Christoffer78 Likes this wine: (100 points)

    June 27, 2014 - 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.)

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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

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO, 5/29/2009 93 points

    (Shafer Hillside Select)

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 29 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3029 (73%)
  • Consumed 1082 (26%)

Food Pairing

With venison chop

Who Likes This Wine

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