Red

2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
Drink between 2009 - 2029 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 234

  • slywka7 wrote: (100 points)

    August 27, 2017 - Shafer and Scarecrow at South End in New Canaan (South End New Canaan): Super excited to try this legendary wine. There was a cork issue with this so it wasn't fully opened until we got to the restaurant and was promptly decanted. Nose on this was fantastic with sweet cherry, burning embers, blackberry, touch of earth and plum. The palate of this had flavors of blackberry, cherry, earth, mocha, fruitcake and a touch of iron. This still had a tannic bite on it so it really could have used at least a good two hours. Improved as we drank it. Ended with a huge blackberry infused finish that lasted at least a minute. This certainly didn't drink like a 15 year old Cabernet. Certainly had a long life ahead of it still. Lived up to the hype.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • JBVino wrote:

    August 1, 2017 - Dissappointing bottle as dominated by alcohol and over ripe fruit. Last bottle had 5 years ago had more balance, length, texture on the palate and flavor complexity. Bummer.

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

    March 22, 2017 - It was the 2nd Cabernet of the night, following a 2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet and it was followed by a 1997 Phelps Insignia. Opened, but not decanted for 45 minutes before pouring. Beautiful color, and perfumed nose. It had a big mouthfeel and long long finish. A treat to drink. This may have been an overwhelming fruit bomb in its youth, but at 15 years (from the harvest, not the bottling), it has balanced out really well. I had this with a Mutton chop and it was a great pairing.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine:

    February 14, 2017 - I gave this one an over night decant and it fell apart. needs 6-12 hours max. I was disappointed . upfront and mid-palate gave up nothing, finish was all alcohol.

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  • 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.

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

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

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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.

Vinous

  • 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 59 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,214 (68%)
  • Consumed 1,883 (31%)

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