A mouthful, this wine gushes with pure, ripe Cabernet fruit. Tiers of currant, anise, blackberry, cherry and wild berry flavors are supported by pretty mocha-scented oak and plush, velvety tannins that firm up on the finish, giving it a solid backbone, yet the persistent flavors keep pushing through. (JL)
The 2000 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is another beautiful vintage from a challenging year. The brilliant winemaking and great terroir of the Hillside Select overcame the vintage deficiencies. A touch of herbaceousness is a rarity in a Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, but one can taste it in the 2000. It adds complexity as opposed to any distraction. Somewhat similar in style to the 1993, with a certain austerity, but deep, tarry red and black currant fruit and plush medium to full-bodied texture, this wine seems to have reached full maturity, where is should be drunk up over the next 5-10 years. (RP)
As always it seems, Shafer's flagship Cabernet is a swaggering study in ripeness and maximum extract, and, even in this vintage noted for relative lightness, the wine again comes through true to form. Intensely aromatic with a wide-ranging mix of chocolate, dried berries, black olive and briar, it is a wine with little sense of restraint in the mouth. Very full-bodied and almost meaty in feel, it is driven by ripeness and oak but shows surprising layering to its full-blown flavors. *Two Stars*
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