The beautiful 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (7,000-8,000 cases produced) exhibits a dense purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of boysenberries, black currants, subtle toast and spice and a slight floral component. The wine is medium to full-bodied with good acidity, a voluptuous texture and impressive purity and length. (RP)
2007 Stags Leap District Napa Valley One Point Five Elias Fernandez blends this wine from Shafer's vineyards under the Stags Leap escarpment and the family's Borderline Vineyard two miles south. It has the balance of freshness and intensity that the best Napa Valley 2007s can claim, a supple and delicious red with complexity riding beneath lush cherry fruit. Scents of mineral tannins, mesquite and tobacco hint at the development that will come with eight to ten years in bottle.
On the nose you can find mint, blueberries, and currants. More fruit on the nose than the 2006. Full bodied, with minerals and silky tannin texture. Everything is in balance, subtle, and friendly. This is really great right now, but could use some extra time in the bottle. Pull the cork in 2012.
Bright ruby-red. Fresh aromas and flavors of black raspberry, dark cherry, leather and sexy oak spices, with a hint of dill. Supple, suave and sweet, with ripe acids energizing the mid-palate of this chewy wine. The leathery hint carries through to the finish, which features firm, dusty tannins and lingering sweet fruit. (ST)
*One Star* Following in the Shafer tradition of very ripe and expressive wines, this one smells of black cherries, cola, graphite and an unusual suggestion of green leaves. It is full and supple on the palate, and its ripeness shows here as well, but the wine also comes with plenty of primary fruit and a good bit of range, all of which give it lots to like.
A good, lusty wine, although it's too young now, offering a big mouthful of tannins, acidity and immature fruit. A blend of 99% Cab and 1% Petit Verdot, it's a hard wine, but the flavors are immaculate, suggesting ripe blackberries and currants that veer into a touch of raisin. Give it 4-5 years in the cellar to come around. *Cellar Selection*
Concentrated, ripe black fruit. Oak spice, vanilla and leather notes frame the heady fruit, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Firm acidity keeps it fresh, and there is no palate heat, despite the labelled 14.9% alcohol. 17.5/20 points (LM)
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