Red

2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 193

  • Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine: (93 points)

    September 27, 2014 - Kleur: Robijnrood met een diep paarsige vleug Aroma / bouquet: Stuivend aroma, geconcentreerde powerwijn met donker fruit, potloodslijpsel, inkt, caramel, cederhout. Indrukwekkende concentratie. Smaak / Afdronk: Verleidelijke powerwijn, iets te lage zuurgraad en daardoor iets te weinig fraicheur, boterzachte tannines, wat laurier, super dik sap met veel concentratie en power. Veel alcohol. Algemeen / potentieel: Verleidelijk glas. Wel oppassen met serveertemperatuur. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Smaak / Afdronk: 17 + Algemeen / potentieel: 8 = 93/100

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    Color: Ruby red with deep purplish hint Aroma / bouquet: dusty aroma, power concentrated wine with dark fruit, pencil shavings, ink, caramel, cedar. . Impressive concentration Taste / Finish: Seductive power of wine, a bit too low acidity and therefore too little fraicheur, butterly soft tannins, some bay leaves, super thick juice with a lot of concentration and power. Lots of alcohol. General / potential: Seductive glass. Be careful with serving temperature. 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Taste / Finish: 17 + General / potential: 8 = 93/100

  • dbg wrote:

    September 18, 2014 - Dark purple to rim, intense nose of dark berries, mocha, full body, palate coating, rich ripe fruit, long finish, outstanding, not quite as round or complete as the 2001 or 2004.

  • Collector1855 wrote: (96 points)

    September 6, 2014 - Even among 100 pointers, a wine rarely gets the kind of endorsement like this one. I a video RP discusses it with other California Cab Sav 100 Pointers ranking it above that "Uber-peer-group" and calling it one of the greatest CabSav's ever made. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkMC51DE4VM). Against that backdrop I recently bought a few bottles just to see what it is that enticed RP so much. Not that I did not know the Hillside Select before, a retailer close to where I grew up discovered it in the early nineties and carried it in his assortment. I had many vintages before but not the 2002. To finally taste it I took a bottle to a dinner in Hong Kong with an old friend from work who is an experienced oenophile. We discussed intensely and settled on a range between 95 to 100. Below that it gets hard to defend your position. We can see 100 but only if your style is "the more the better". I came out at just 95/96, my friend was in the 97-98 range.
    Tasting note: Very dark purple with blackish core, no sign of age in the color. Expressive nose of blueberry, some flowers, dark berries again and hints of Eucalyptus. On the palate this is full bodied with a touch of heat but not overly so. What is impressive are the tannins. They are there in spades but ultra soft on the mid palate. What they do is to provide the much needed bitterness (bitter chocolate note) at the finish to round out the otherwise very sweet/blueberry/fruity mid palate. Structurally this reminded of the best 2010 CdP 100 pointers like Grand Veneur VV or Janasse VV. What I am personally missing is a bit more aromatic diversity beyond the black fruit spectrum, eg, smokey, earthy tones. If you own this wine, put it next to a Latour 2000 or Montrose 2009/10 and you know where I am coming from. Sorry for the lengthy note but given the video credentials I thought I had to go a bit deeper here. 95-96

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  • davidandrose Likes this wine: (96 points)

    August 1, 2014 - Decanted and followed over 4 hours. Pours inky purple with heady, rich aromas right out of the bottle; Mrs Davidandrose closed her eyes and said she felt she was in Napa, with her head in a recently-emptied cask. Wine was a little backwards right out of the bottle with some disjointed green notes, silky mouthfeel and a brief mid-palate finish, but this changed over time.

    Silkiness dissipated at the 4 hour mark, rich blueberry, medium+ toast oak, tight wood feel but a longer finish that continues back-palate. In a very nice place but will retaste within a year to gauge longevity of remaining bottles.

  • William Kelley Likes this wine:

    May 8, 2014 - The 2002 Hillside Select is a brazzen, decadent wine, oozing with super-ripe blue and black fruits, smoke and hints of chocolate and licorice. Sumptuous and supple, with fine-grained tannins and massive volume on the palate, this is a particularly ripe, precocious and seductive vintage of Hillside. The ripeness here is walking the tightrope, but for now everything is held in check.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/17/2009 (link)

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

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2007, Issue #130 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Opaque red violet color; rich, ripe berry, almost porty, boysenberry nose; rich, youthful, black fruit, ripe berry, boysenberry, blackberry puree palate with sweet, firm tannins; approachable now but could use 3 years; long finish 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Hillside Select
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Stags Leap District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 68 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3913 (73%)
  • Consumed 1354 (25%)

Food Pairing

Elk tenderloin

Who Likes This Wine

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