Red

2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 224

  • WineWright Likes this wine: (97 points)

    May 13, 2016 - Fabulous! This is only getting started. I predict decades ahead for this massive beauty. Take your time!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • levinml wrote: (97 points)

    May 6, 2016 - Drank at Grand Street with Nancy/Jeff and Ann/Johnny. Open, pour and decanted. Dark purple color, amazing nose out of the bottle, and after airing out for about an hour darn close to perfect. Perfect balance, great flavors, long finish. Mad that family wanted to drink so much and leave less for me.

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  • gr8r84u Likes this wine: (99 points)

    March 19, 2016 - Beautiful aromas flowing from the bottle once I managed to magically extract the bottom portion of the crumbling cork. Oh... this is going to be good!

    Wife: "Will I like that?" Me: "I hope not" Poured into decanter... another whiff... mmmmmmm.

    Decanted about an hour. Beautiful floral nose and tons of juicy delicious fruit on the palate. This was everything I hoped it would be... sublime. You could wait, but why?

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • SMHalps Likes this wine: (95 points)

    January 3, 2016 - Had a dinner with the 1994 Tertre Rôteboeuf, 2002 Shafer Hillside Select and 1999 Ridge Monte Bello. Only the Shafer was decanted, the other two were opened and sat in the bottle for about 45 minutes before serving. The WOTN for me was the Ridge, followed by the Shafer. But all three were outstanding.

    The Shafer is tasting much younger than 15 years, as it still has gobs of fruit. Huge amounts of vanilla both on the nose and in the taste. Very long finish. This is a great wine and I'm sure it will last for years and years.

  • WineWright Likes this wine: (98 points)

    January 2, 2016 - Shared with the Goodwins on New Year's Eve. Spectacular in every way!

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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 54 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,154 (71%)
  • Consumed 1,625 (28%)

Food Pairing

Elk tenderloin

Who Likes This Wine

98% Like It  44 votes