Red

2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 200

  • Knicksfan wrote: (97 points)

    January 26, 2015 - This is a beautiful wine. Lives up to the "hype". 1hr decant and aromas and flavors are soaring out of the decanter. Wonderful example of Cali CS and how they can hold up/improve for a decade and longer.

  • floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: (95 points)

    January 17, 2015 - Very dark, thick and almost syrupy texture when poured into decanter. Spectacular nose. Decanted for 5 hours. Everything was perfect except for the finish. The finish was disjointed and alcohol muted the flavors. I expected much more from this 2002. We drink a lot of Shafer HSS and this was not the best bottle I have had especially for the price of this year. Needs more time to age.

  • Rosengoo Likes this wine: (98 points)

    December 17, 2014 - This bottle was an impromptu pop and pour with friends. The colour was a very deep purple and it was perfectly clear. Based on how this wine was, I would have never known that this bottle was 12 years old already. It had a strong nose and taste of red cherries and caramel with some chocolate thrown in the mix. Although I didn't measure the finish, it was quite long. The tannins and acidity are present but have mellowed out nicely and now the wine is showing wonderfully. One of my "wines of the year".

  • Dvogt wrote: (96 points)

    November 5, 2014 - Dark, inky purple. No signs of age. Dark fruit, blackberry, blueberry, some fig, bitter chocolate. A touch of heat. Nice tannin integration.

  • dcwino wrote: (98 points)

    October 30, 2014 - Cali Cab Dinner with 10+ Years of Age - 02 HSS, 04 Levy, 01 Madronna and etc. (Charlie Palmer - Washington DC): The last bottle that I had in last May was certainly was impressive but was a bit overwhelming. Intense crushed blackberries, crème de cassis, lead pencil, dark milk chocolate, vanilla and mineral. Incredible concentration, intense jammy black fruit driven palate impression, unctuous yet silky palate and masked tannins due to the incredible fruit concentration. Wow wine. IMO, Shafer HSS is one of the greatest Napa Cabs.

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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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RJonWine.com

  • 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 64 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3987 (73%)
  • Consumed 1424 (26%)

Food Pairing

Elk tenderloin

Who Likes This Wine

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