(From 2002 Vintage) This Hillside Select is archetypal Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon from a justly celebrated Napa Valley vintage. The movement from nose to mouth to supple tannin to lengthy finish is harmonious, offering a round, expansive, silky liquid feast of black cherry, rich plum, black fruit, cassis, and dark chocolate shot through with toasty vanilla, blueberry, and cedar.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesVery ripe and sweetly oaked, yet a bit dry at its heart and held back by its slight shortfall of fruit, this bottling exhibits plenty of weight on the palate without finding the stuffing to be wholly complete. It is still framed by plenty of tannin but has begun to fade all the same, and, we would opt for drinking it up quickly. Originally reviewed at no stars.