Red

2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Stags Leap District
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Community Tasting Notes 176

  • shaferguy91 wrote: (97 points)

    November 6, 2017 - Absolutely awesome.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (98 points)

    August 3, 2017 - Perhaps the most elegant, sledge hammer I have ever encountered. There is all the power, purity, tannin and length you could ask for. The layers of black, blue and red fruits just kept on coming, again and again. Seamless, and without any hard edges, the tannins were soft and polished. This is a mouth-coating wine indeed. In magnum, this tasted like it was at least 10 years younger. This is no shy, wallflower of a wine. There is an intensity of flavor that just does not want to quit. Could this be a 50 year wine in the making?

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (100 points)

    August 2, 2017 - Salon, Hillside Select Vertical, ZH, Bernabeleva (Our home): A Wow wine. This ended up being the groups WOTN. Pop and pour, this took a bit of time to open. Once it did, it kept getting better all night. Still not fully mature. Who knows how long it has left but decades for sure. Purple in color with a bit of clear/ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis and cedar. With air a slight coffee note comes out. Great texture. Not quite lush but in that vein with great depth and complexity. Nice acidity. Lots of fruit tightly layered with char and slight earth. The finish was initially hot but that went away with air. Delicious wine. Nothing to even nit pick about here after about 20 minutes of air.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • dharrison93 Likes this wine: (98 points)

    June 30, 2017 - Exhilarating juice. Drank with a wine-lover friend after a 1 hour decant.
    Complex layered nose of dark fruit, creme de cassis berries and spice
    Fully mature dark purple with zero sediment, we agreed while it's at an apogee currently there's at least 10+ years of brilliant drinking left.
    If a date, this was a 35 year old PhD assistant professor of medieval philosophy who keeps you titillated all evening with her combination of beauty, maturity and intellectual intrigue.
    AAA+

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • yukoner Likes this wine: (98 points)

    June 4, 2017 - Drank along side a 97 Ausone and 2009 Ponet-Canet. All very different but the Shafer was the hands down winner. The aroma jumps out of the bottle at you and captivates. Soft tannins, very complex....an absolute joy to drink now.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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Vinous

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

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO, 5/29/2009

    (Shafer Hillside Select) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/25/2006 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/21/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select) Nearly opaque purple red violet color; appealing, youthful, berry, black currant, plum nose; tasty, ripe plum, berry, black currant palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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 24 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,265 (69%)
  • Consumed 1,471 (31%)

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With venison chop

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