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2001 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select"

Shafer 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Shafer Vineyards

Vintage: 2001

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hillside Select"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stags Leap

State or country: CA

Price: $175

Cases produced: 2,500

KWG Score: 98.1 (based on 7 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (95)

Review date: July 31, 2009

Wine Review: I recently had the chance to try the highly acclaimed 2001 vintage of Hillside Select. What I can report is this wine is Excellent and is showing beautifully right now. This pitch black colored wine opens with a spicy black cherry bouquet with hints of truffle. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, well balanced, and still fruit forward. The flavor profile is a delicious blend of blackberry and black raspberry. The finish is dry and its well managed tannins are nicely prolonged. Pair this gorgeous gem with a NY strip steak and enjoy. Ken

Winemaker Notes: From the legendary 2001 vintage this Hillside Select offers aromatic, elegant black berry, currant, black cherry, cola, and cassis; rich, stylish dark fruit flavors, with a balanced seasoning of minerals, smoke, vanilla, tobacco, and herbs; a core of sweetness emerges from our hillside fruit with a long, mouth-filling finish of chocolate and spice all surrounded by the classic silky tannins of the Stags Leap District.

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Shafer 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon.

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