2000 Shafer "Firebreak" Napa Valley Sangiovese

SKU #1002801 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is brutally good, as it has been for the past several vintages, although the concentration is off a notch. Only 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards, but it dominates, with massive flavors of blackcurrants. What the 94% Sangiovese brings is notes of cherry, tobacco and earth, and a streak of clean acidity. Defines style and grace in a gigantic wine. *Editor's Choice* Inner quote mark (9/2003)

Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2000 Firebreak (94% Sangiovese and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14.8% alcohol) is surprisingly light in the mouth, revealing crisp, tart, strawberry fruit along with a hint of new saddle leather in a medium-bodied, straightforward format. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2003)

Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good dark red. Scented aromas of raspberry, cherry and rose petal. A bit more taut in the middle palate than the 2000 Merlot, with floral, milk chocolate and spicy oak notes. Tannins are a bit dry today, but then this was bottled just three weeks before my visit (previous vintages were bottled after just 14 months). Inner quote mark (5/2003)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Complex and inviting, with a tasty array of ripe cherry, strawberry, earthy currant and herbal-olive notes. Firms up on the finish, where the tannic strength becomes more evident. Inner quote mark (6/2003)

K&L Notes

Shafer Firebreak is a proprietary blend of Sangiovese (94%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%). Inspired by the wines of Italy, Firebreak highlights the spicy fruitiness of Sangiovese with the depth and backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sangiovese brings licorice and spice to this full-bodied and aromatic wine, while Cabernet contributes deep color and roundness on the back of the palate.

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