Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District|
ShaferÍs 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 worldÍs greatest Cabernet Sauvignons. Like many of the top wines of the vintage, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has closed down, but it reveals impressive potential. Its dense purple color is accompanied by an exquisite bouquet of charcoal, sweet oak, black currant liqueur, and graphite. Full-bodied and powerful, with superb intensity, length, persistence, purity, and texture, it should either be decanted for several hours in advance, or given another 2-4 years of bottle age. Drink it over the following 20-25 years.
A dazzling wine, enormously complex and concentrated, yet elegant and polished. The fragrant rose petal and violet aromas lead to a plush core of ripe plum, black cherry and currant flavors that offer layers of depth and richness, finishing with a pretty mocha and chocolaty aftertaste. Best from 2006 through 2014. 2,500 cases made