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2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 750ML
  • WA100
  • WE97
  • ST96
  • WS95

Reviews

WA100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
In contrast to the more linear, structured, but massive 2001, the 2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is pure fruit-bomb material, but stunningly proportioned, beautifully pure, with notes of melted chocolate... In contrast to the more linear, structured, but massive 2001, the 2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is pure fruit-bomb material, but stunningly proportioned, beautifully pure, with notes of melted chocolate, blackcurrant jam, sweet black cherries, licorice, camphor and charcoal. Very full-bodied, like the 2001, but much more lavishly fruited, it is more accessible and hedonistically, as well as intellectually, satisfying. If the 2001 is the long-distance runner, this comes across more like a middle-distancer. It had performed fabulously well since it was released by the winery, and even though it’s still an adolescent in terms of its evolution, this wine is a head-turner in wine tastings, and a spectacular effort from Napa. Drink now or drink in 20-25 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WE97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, January 2013
The impression is of a young tannicly closed but enormously promising Cabernet. Floods the mouth with dramatic black currant cherry and chocolate flavors masses of toasty caramelized new oak and a rich minerally... The impression is of a young tannicly closed but enormously promising Cabernet. Floods the mouth with dramatic black currant cherry and chocolate flavors masses of toasty caramelized new oak and a rich minerally earthiness. For all the power there's elegance and refinement.
ST96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Saturated full ruby color.Brooding aromas of cassis black raspberry smoke chocolate graphite and minerals. Thoroughly ripe rich and tactile but with captivating lift to its flavors of blackberry black raspberry cassis and... Saturated full ruby color.Brooding aromas of cassis black raspberry smoke chocolate graphite and minerals. Thoroughly ripe rich and tactile but with captivating lift to its flavors of blackberry black raspberry cassis and flowers.Highly impressive mounting finish saturates the palate with flavor. Already shows great sweetness but the wine's tight core of fruit suggests it will develop slowly and gracefully in bottle. Boasts a combination of lushness and energy that's rare for California cabernet.
WS95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
A delicious Cabernet perfectly ripened with perfumed currant cassis plum and blackberry. Tight persistent and concentrated this is sharply focused and displays the kind of structure that bodes well for short to midrange... A delicious Cabernet perfectly ripened with perfumed currant cassis plum and blackberry. Tight persistent and concentrated this is sharply focused and displays the kind of structure that bodes well for short to midrange cellaring. Impeccable balance with a long finish. Best from 2007 through 2014. 2500 cases made. (JL)

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