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2001 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Stags Leap District - Red

USA - California - Napa - Stags Leap District

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards... More »

Score
98
WA 100
WS 96
JR 14
IWC 95(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2020 WS: 2011-2020
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IWC 95(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126

($175) Saturated ruby. Brooding, pure aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, tobacco, smoke and licorice. Conveys a powerful impression of solidity, and yet the very primary flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, graphite, tar and minerals are also quite fresh. This unfolds slowly and builds impressively on the back half, finishing quite suave and fresh. The tannins are firm but not stern, and the persistent fruit flavors are red and quite bright. Possesses a superb structure for long aging in bottle. Expect this one to evolve for 15 to 20 years. A great Napa Valley cabernet, but in need of at least a few years of cellaring.

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JR 14
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2006-2006

Dark purplish crimson. Very oaky ? horribly spoilt by oak. Very sweet, alcoholic palate entry. Drying tannins ? still ? on the palate. Caricature wine for sipping not drinking. Extremely hot finish.

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WA 100
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 195

I should not be surprised that the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select merited a perfect rating since I rated it 99 eight years ago. I also gave the 2002 Hillside Select a perfect rating. Kudos to Doug and John Shafer for creating two perfect wines in back to back vintages. The 2001 is a big wine (14.9% natural alcohol), but the alcohol is buried beneath an avalanche of creme de cassis, wood smoke, toast, licorice and spring flower characteristics. Super full-bodied with fabulous fruit purity, a broad, expansive mouthfeel, lots of glycerin and a huge upside, this 2001 is still an infant at age ten, but it is approachable as well as compelling to smell and taste. It has at least another three decades of aging potential ahead of it and is one of the great young, legendary classics from Napa Valley. It was a privilege to taste. There are approximately 2,000 cases of this cuvee which comes from ShaferâÂ?Â?s hillside vineyards in the Stags Leap area and is aged 32 months in 100% new French oak.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011-2020

Amazing for its richness, depth and concentration, with a wealth of flavors extending to espresso bean, mocha, dark berry, raspberry and cedar, intense and persistent on the long, detailed finish. An immense wine that's gracefully balanced. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made.

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.859%
Tasted On 06/25/2014

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Author SingKevin
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.929%
Tasted On 03/25/2010
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Author Bud2123
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.531%
Tasted On 12/08/2009
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Author fumanku
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 75%
Tasted On 03/31/2009

This was truly a fantastic wine. Soft and supple. Decanted for 2 hours. Very soft on the palate, leather like. Powerful aromas abound. I will be buying many more bottles. Wow!

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Author JMC22
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.301%
Tasted On 08/12/2007
Drink Dates 2009-2020

Perfect balance and 2 minute finish. Stunning.

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Author Austin C
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.667%
Tasted On 03/23/2006
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 12/01/2005

From barrel this wine was special and from bottle it remains so. John Shafer told me that he thought this was the finest wine he had ever made. The 2001 has a deep red color with thick, slow moving, and heavily pigmented legs. Gobs and gobs of sweet chocolaty fruit pervade the wine?s scents and flavors. Ostentatious, sexy oak wraps itself around an intense core of powerful fruit. While this wine is a bit monolithic right now, secondary characteristics of truffle, beef blood, and fine balsamic vinegar become discernable with airing. Tannins are almost an afterthought given how much concentration this wine displays. Oily textured with more than enough acidity to keep the wine light on its feet. 100% Cabernet. This wine is just a joy to drink now but will likely achieve full maturity at the ten-year mark.

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