ITEM 17312

2001 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

$474.98

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Wine Rating:

98WE 100WA

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

2001

Country/State

california

Wine Region

napa

Variety

cabernet sauvignon

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Wine Enthusiast: 98 points

No Cabernet smells better. This is an enormously attractive, well-oaked wine constituted from the best possible fruit. In the mouth, it immediately seduces. Shafer knows it has to rise to expectations with this wine, and the 2001 does not disappoint. The fruit is spectacular, all cassis. The oak is rich, flamboyant and delicious. Structurally, the wine has the best tannin-acid structure Napa is capable of. Immediately delicious now, this wine should develop over the next 10 years.

Review Date: December 2005

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 100 points

The 2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is the first of these back-to-back perfect wines from Shafer that, at age 13, is still a baby, but, wow, what an amazing wine. A fabulous growing season produced a wine with inky/purple black color, stunning crème de cassis notes, with additional hints of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, cedar wood and forest floor. It is full-bodied, sensationally concentrated, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol. This is a great, monumental Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that is still an infant, at age 13, going on 14. This has got at least three decades of life left in it, and probably won?t hit its peak for another 5-7 years.

Review Date: December 2014