Red

2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 231

  • Anonymous wrote: (97 points)

    December 10, 2016 - UWS 2016 End of year dinner (@ CdW and KvdK): No formal notes. Popped and poured and a bit too cold. Nevertheless a great pleasure again! What a beautiful and harmonious wine and still in its early maturity stage.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • konadog wrote: (95 points)

    December 4, 2016 - Big blue fruit on the nose, expansive mouthfeel with creamy tannins. Really in a nice spot now

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Vinophiliac559 wrote: (95 points)

    November 5, 2016 - A Matter of Taste (Meritage Resort & Spa Napa, CA): 94-95: Was very good, however not where I expected it to be given its 100 pt score and 14 years of age. Maybe my score is dampened a bit by my disappointment as I was expecting a much more profound wine and experience.

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  • davidandrose Likes this wine: (96 points)

    September 11, 2016 - 1/3 of bottle previously coravin'd. 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 a new world wine. 96

    A remaining 1/3 of a 2001 HSS previously CV'd was opened as well. Cork has been motioned 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, notably black cherry. After 2 hours there was considerable spice box and vanilla; fruits show a greater degree of maturity and less intensity than in the '02. Old world pedigree. 97

  • Jerry 3 wrote: (97 points)

    August 14, 2016 - Brilliant Deep Red color, aromatic, red currants and cherries; big finish
    a great wine for sure with lamb

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

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2007, IWC 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
  • UPC Code 013528400023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 60 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,193 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,777 (29%)

Food Pairing

Elk tenderloin

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98% Like It  46 votes

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