SHAFER VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON HILLSIDE SELECT 2002 (6, OWC) WS 97 WA 100
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SHAFER VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON HILLSIDE SELECT 2002 (OWC)
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley.
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. WS 97 WA 100