There's so much peppermint and spice on the nose as well as walnuts, cedar and eucalyptus, and even crab apples. Lime zest, lots of ash and burnt oranges, too. The freshness here really takes your breath away and there's pinpoint accuracy of blue and black fruit. Full body, vibrant acidity, very well integrated tannins and a mineral-driven finish. Hard to resist now but better in 2019.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers up scents of lavender, cloves, menthol, licorice, spice and graphite. Savory, delineated and tightly wound, the 2014 is a picture perfect example of the vintage. Winemaker Elias Fernandez adds that the drought was more severe in 2014 than it was in 2013. This is another strong showing from Shafer. (AG)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five shows beautiful purity, not the weight, profound depth and structure of the 2013, but it is still medium to full-bodied, elegant, graceful and a classic example of the Stags Leap appellation. (RP)
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)