From a modest beginning of 1,000 cases in 1978, the winery has grown steadily until reaching its present size of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Today Shafer wines are available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets.
This is one of the most amazing Cabernets available. It bursts with flavor!! The wine has has real staying power - the flavor lasts for 90 seconds. Subtle flavors include currant, berry with a smooth glycerin finish.
This wine was a monolithic beast. It showed a wall of oak that never really dissapated. Hard to get a read for a few reasons. (Fifth of the night w/3+ drinkers). Needs a ton of time.
House&Garden, Oct 2007
External Reviews for Shafer Cab.Sau
Shafer's flagship wine is the 2,000 case cuvee of Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 32 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling, it is one of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignons. The perfect, incredibly flamboyant and aro... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 750ml
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
...One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons to date from Shafer is the 2002, a beautifully made wine that shows a dense ruby purple color and a big, sweet nose of flamboyant black currant fruit intermixed with hints of chocolate, tobacco, earth, and oak... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District 750ml
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon displays an attractive, sweet nose of cassis fruit, high class cigar tobacco, loamy soil, and subtle oak followed by an elegant, medium-bodied, long finish. This is a beauty to drink over the next 8-10 years.
Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select was performing even better this year than it was last year. While not as weighty and ageworthy as some of the more hallowed vintages, it is a seriously endowed wine. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite, spice, and cedar, it is more forward than most vintages, but full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully seductive. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.
Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc) exhibits aromas of toasty oak, black cherries, currants, smoke, and minerals. This sweet, medium to full-bodied, pure, and elegant offering will provide lovely drinking over the next 10-12 years.
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