2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District

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Customer Ratings

Based on 4 ratings
Cab extraordinaire...

8 Oct 2010. We knew we were in for a treat when the wine was poured into the decanter. A dense purple colour with heavenly black fruit and floral aromas. The wine was decadently rich while at the same time being so light on its feet - pure fruit with lead pencil, tobacco and a spicy (think white pepper) finish. Sadly, as wonderful as the wine was, I think we drank it too soon as the half glass I saved and drank 24 hours later blew me away. It had really opened up to reveal multiple nuances and complexity that we did not fully appreciate the night before. This is as good as it gets for California Cabernet Sauvignon - 10/10 for my palate!

About Shafer Vineyards

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Shafer Vineyards

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John Shafer

Napa Valley 2002

2002 began with a very dry winter followed by a moderate spring with some rains in May. Conditions were even and mild throughout the summer with the exception of a few heat spikes in September that gave the grapes an extra push as harvest approached. The resulting wines have juicy, fresh acidities and brightness to match their deep dark-fruit cores. Overall an excellent vintage of supple, balanced, concentrated, high-quality wines that have the polish and ripeness to age well.

Key Dates

Slight frost damage

Slight rain

Moderate temperatures

High daytime temperatures and dry north winds. Cabernet harvest begins

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