Red

2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 170

  • Milos Does not like this wine:

    March 14, 2017 - Cliff’s “Parker 96+” tasting. Not much different from the last one. Over the top. Overripe dark red fruit and alcohol on the nose; thinned out a little since the last one which made the alcohol more pronounced. I dislike this style of wine so to be fair I will not rate it.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • walkerjfw wrote:

    February 21, 2017 - Epic PNV Kickoff Lunch #2 with Juan/Jamie/Tom/Jay/Mitch/Steve (Solage - Calistoga, CA): This one brought by Tom, PnP, drank over an hour.

    Consistent with prior notes:"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.."

    This bottle seemed less impressive (by memory) but still nice. Group was mixed on it. I think we did not allow it time to open or the bottle was off..no rating this one, stuffing still there we didnt allow it time.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    December 14, 2016 - Acker Holiday Auction (A Voce Madison): I think this is a wine that needs a lot of age (think >20 years) for me. It's tasty in that crazy Cali cab way where the fruit is more extracted and deep and intense. Lots of blackberry. I enjoy it, but would love to see what happens when that mutes down a bit.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • 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.

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

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

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Vinous

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

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  • 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 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,235 (69%)
  • Consumed 1,414 (30%)

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With venison chop

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