Shafer’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five, composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, has been a brilliant introduction to their portfolio of Stags Leap offerings. It spends 21 months in two-thirds new oak. The wine’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with glorious opulence, abundant fruit, supple, sweet tannins, a round, generous, mouthfilling texture and stunning purity as well as complexity. This terrific example of Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking beautifully at present, should hit its peak in 4-5 years, and will last for another decade thereafter. Possibly the hottest winery, qualitatively, in Northern California is Shafer Vineyards. It has been a long time since they have turned out a less than prodigious wine. Moreover, everyone loves this family and staff, so Shafer is the quintessential example of the good guys finishing first. (RP)
It’s a junior version of Hillside Select, from different vineyards and not as oaky. But it’s nearly as massive in black currants, cherries and carob bean, a dry wine that never loses elegance. Needs a year or so to become less tight and more expressive.
Intense and concentrated, with vivid currant and blackberry flavors that are shaded by light toasty oak and mocha coffee scents. Smooth-textured, with ripe, fine-grained tannins, ending with a long, complex aftertaste. (JL)
This is the first release of One Point Five, a refernce to what Doug Shafer calls the "generation and a half" partnership his dad and he have had in their winery. It's a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced primarily from Shafer's Hillside Estate Vineyard and the 25-acre Borderline Vineyard, with a bit of fruit from Ridgeback Vineyard as well, and it replaces the Napa Valley Cabernet, which was sourced from vineyards throughout the valley. With One Point Five, there's no need to be patient, no need to cellar it: Just open it up and pour out a luscious red, big in all ways and balanced in its huge, dense style. The flavors run black, from black raspberry to espresso roast coffee to dark tobacco. A rich pleasure with a New York strip steak.
Long on currants and cherries and long on very rich oak, this juicy, abundantly fruity opus sports fine Cabernet structure and, despite undisguised finishing heat, it never once wanders away to softness. Its ample tannins disqualify it from near-term drinking, but they are neither so hard nor so imposing that they call the wine's capacity for age into question, and, while we expect that it will begin to open after three or four years, its best lies further down the road. *Two Stars*
Good medium ruby. Ripe, expressive aromas of black raspberry, currant, dark chocolate, sassafras, cedar, tobacco and spices. Sweet, dense and supple; at once full and nicely focused, with dark flavors of black raspberry, mulberry and spicy oak. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and lingering suggestions of mint and leather. (ST)
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