This has improved significantly over the two years since my last bottle, and shows best with at least an hour of air. The nose lags a touch behind the palate, which is full of juicy black fruits, a pleasantly savory earthiness, and a healthy dash of spice. The tannins are still noticeable and suggest that there are plenty of good years ahead for this wine. In fact, I think it might still have another 1-2 years before it reaches peak. Well done!
I figured the clock was ticking on this one but it is drinking wonderfully - so much so that I woudn't worry about rushing to the door if I had any more... Great Vintage + Great Vines + Great Producer = Great Experience in the typical Shafer style
lacking the lush fruit and integration I had experienced in prior bottles, this wine was very good and held its own to a 14 oz ribeye at BLT steak nicely. Was a decent second choice as my first didnt open up nicely, but I was looking for a bit more, which is what kept it at 89.
Deep red color, beautiful nose, light tannins, softened ever greater after a 30 minute decant, wine drank well with NY Strip. Nice fruit, not discernable as one fruit or another, but a nice Napa Cab flavor. I liked alot, makes we want to hold on to the one point fives I have for longer....
Wow was this just perfect -- had as a standalone bottle after dinner while sitting on deck and talking to neighbors. It was just delicious -- perfectly aged and ready to go. Could handle a fatty meat or just as a pure pleasure drinker! Loved it if you cannot tell.
Final quaff from a 375, and a shame that this was my last. Poor stems from a Residence Inn, and as noted in a recent prior note, tannins are becoming sweeter than I prefer. Still, this wine is in its sweet spot. Can't discern a nose from these stems but this is a nicely-balanced wine that has solid structure, and a great balance between fruit and tannins. At $20 for a half-bottle, this is has been one of my best-valued wines to sample over the last 6 years, and is a great Napa cab. If I could find full bottles I'd continue to enjoy them over the coming 2-3 years.
Pop and pour. Not much different than my March 2011 notes. Tannins are becoming a little too sweet for my liking, lacking some of the lushness and deep fruit that we tend to enjoy. Still a very nice wine, which put on some weight and saw some of the sweetness diminish with air-time in the bottle. Will drink my final 1/2 bottle in the coming weeks.
Rich yet balanced, with dark fruit and some earthy/mineral elements that convey a sense of complexity. Full-bodied with a medium+ finish. Drinking at peak, but I expect this will hold there for another 5 years.
Decanted 90 minutes. This is now hitting its stride (last note was '09). Dark violet. The nose has deep dark berries and cassis, with smokey vanilla, tobacco and whiff of mint chocolate. The palate still has medium+ fruit intensity, but the tannins are now softer, almost sweet, and serve to fill out the midpalate, giving a velvety texture. Nicely balanced. Good length. Surprisingly satisfying and a good match with Waygu ribeyes. Should hold here for several years.
Decanted and immediately consumed. Tobacco, plum and faint oak on the nose. Black fruits are slightly dominated by Raspberry and dark cherry. See Aug '10 notes; this wine is in its peak and drinking fabulously.
Very nice, too big actually, but you can't argue that it's really tasty - Black, full bodied with a nose of black fruit, plum, leather, cigar box and vanilla, huge, but balanced, sweet on the palate, smooth on the finish with terrific length, awesome! (93 Points).
Decanted and consumed (without any waiting time in the decanter) over 3 hrs. Aroma of dark fruit and plum fills the cellar when pouring into the decanter. Although the wine starts out like a very young calicab, it doesn't take more than 45 mins for this to begin toning down significantly. While dark fruits, cedar and currants remain strong components, the incredibly-sweet tanins and an a little glycerin add a dimension and depth, along with a 45+ second finish. If you hold some of the wine in your mouth you can actually taste layers of wood - like grains - building over time. Solid wine with many years still ahead of it. While this started as a 91, it ended as a 94.
Dennis, jimmy, BT and i drank this and truly enjoyed. Nice fruit, can go awhile. I really wanted to get on one as i have a few. You can enjoy this as a "baby hss". It's not though. It is more uniquely a bordeaux style flavor. goo dstuff. I'm thinking a holiday 2010 wine for sure and then beyond!!!!!
Decanted 4 hours (initially closed and much sediment). Youthful reddish violet. Expressive aromas of dark berries, cassis, smokey chocolate and peppery spice. Good medium+ fruit intensity on entry which fades a bit midpalate. Firm bright texture from tannins and acid with chalky minerals, wouldn't call this veltety this time. Nicely balanced and terrific with grilled ribeyes.
What a wine - some bottles have floored me, others bored me. This one was served with barbecued lamb - went down very nicely but given the price was really just "ok". Powerful oaky Cali Cab but probably needs a good couple of hours breating before being enjoyed.
Not decanted. Opened up nicely in the glass over minutes. Nice dark cherry nose with some cassis, vanilla and light peppery spices. Palate bordering on thick and weighty, but is definitely shy of that. Soft tannins and light acidity and I agree with others characterizing this as velvety. Finishes with layered dark fruit. Perfect match for Memorial Day Kobeburghers
From 0.375 Decanted and immediately consumed. This is doing very well. Extremely approachable and enjoyable. Good fruit base, nice mouthfeel. This still has some time ahead of it, but its in great form today.
Brought to a double blind offline, but this was bottle #10 for 6 people... so by the time we got to it I had some palate fatigue. On of the more experienced tasters was convinced this was Cali syrah. When I popped it it smelled of beautiful blueberries, framed in a touch of wood. Brought 1/3 of the bottle home and tonite it is lovely. Still a prominance of dark berries with a cool midpalate feel, with a bit of eucalyptus and cedar.
Terrific classic Napa Cab. The color was deep ruby red and looked lucious as we decanted the bottle for a New Years dinner with friends. The nose was of rich fruit, cinnamon and soft oak. The wine was open from the onset, as though the decanting was for aethstetic value alone. Firm tannins gave this a good mouthfeel, as the finish lingers as smooth as velvet, and not the "young Elvis painted on black velvet" either; this is truly smooth. Cherries, oak, spice and maybe a hint of leather on the taste. If I had another bottle, however, I don't think I'd wait much longer to open it up. This is at it's prime right now.
No formal note. Classic Napa Cab profile. Yummy nose of currant, red fruit, and oak, although a bit tight at first. A little lean on the palette, with cherry, currant, and dusty tannins. Ever so slight hint of green on the mid-palate. Nice wine, but uninspiring. At this price, C/B-.
I really like this tonight. my favorite vs 02 Plumpjack and 02 Don Melchor. an incredible nose of licorice and black fruits. nice mouth but not at the same level. a strong acid backbone with some good fruit.
Aromas of cassis, some toasted oak, and spice. Full-bodied, with black currant,some pepper, and spiciness on the finish. Well-balanced. Drinking well now for the fruitiness but seems like it has the capacity to age and develop some complexity.
From .375. When opened and immediately poured, this remained tight and unevolved during about 45 mins in glass. When the contents of the glass and balance of bttl were poured into a decanter and shaken up a bit this began showing some dark fruits and leather. About an hour after decanting this had opened significantly, with the early harsh edges gone and the tanins softened.
Good stuff. All California. Dark deep, rich, high alcohol that sticks to the glass. Dark fruits with ink and oak. Will get better with time. Had with Filet Mignon with pink peppercorn cabernet butter, whipped potatos and asparagus.
Tasted July 15, 2006 at an offline. Opened and served immediately in a Titan Cabernet glass. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of “green beans” (not in a “bad” way). Also some red cherries and red berries. Nose was a little closed to me. Flavors of red cherries, red berries and red currants. Light to medium acidity. Light to medium tannins. Medium bodied. Fairly well integrated and balanced overall. Drink over the short to mid term. No value recommendation.
Dark rich purplish color with muted cabby nose of blueberries and tart black cherry. Nice and firm grip with a tannic structure that kicks in on the mid palate and gives a slow lingering finish with a light chocolate and coffee nuance. A tamed firmness that went well with a mixed grill of beef and lamb.
.375 opened and consumed over 90 mins. Just a nice strip steak, myself playing bachelor for the night, and an enjoyable bottle! Soft black fruits and chocolate were the predominant flavors; this didn't strike me as a huge or tight wine, but was very balanced. It tasted MUCH BETTER than when I sampled this at the winery in the Fall; I'm sure the smaller format had something to do with its evolution.
Blind tasting follies - Bryant, Sloan, Pride, Abreu and Skyhawk(??): Blind: Big wine. Powerful, ripe and concentrated. Long finish. Outstanding wine! 200+ After reveal: group score 92.5. Everyone though it must be the Hillside Select, but it was definitely the "regular" Napa bottling. Great showing for the wine. This is getting embarrassing!
Drank this side by side with the 2001 Shafer. This wine clearly had a bigger and more full bodied structure than the 01. Probably could stand another yr or two in the cellar. The 01 was more approachable and likely will not improve but didn't quite have the concentration or finish of the 02.
Dark purple and a nose that quietly evolves with time starting with pungent and condensed berries to a backing of light licorice candy. Over time the aroma seemed to be muted a tad, but one thing that did hang on was a grip that, while not over bearing on entry, did last on the finish with a tannic structure that was very even, and indeed, helped give a pleasing and lasting finish.
I'm not sure I was able to get a proper evaluation of this wine at the tasting last weekend. I tried it right after some St. Andre cheese. The wine was concentrated with notes of chocolate and licorice. However, it seemed overly bitter. 83 points.
Opened rather thin but after an hour it came around. The best I can say is this wine is very correct. Medium to full body. Nice nose of fruit with some wood. On the palate full fruit with some vanilla. Nice wine not particularly inspiring.