The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Pint Five is a big-time winner, a blend of almost all Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color, almost indigo, and is full-bodied with dense chocolaty crème de cassis notes, licorice and a touch of minerality. The wine has well-integrated wood, is full and seems balanced and rich enough to age for two decades or more. Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world. (RP)
Crushed blackberries compete with a hearty bouquet of violet in this gigantically powerful and structured wine. Soft and leathery, it features spikes of black pepper, vanilla and pungent black earth amid a dense, concentrated finesse of tannin and oak, with a lengthy finish awaiting. This is power at its best, a reflection of an idyllic vintage in the hands of a skilled producer.
Dark plum, mocha, red cherry, spice and tobacco are some of the many notes that blossom in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five. The 2012 is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon built on voluptuous fruit, power and pure resonance. (AG)
Very much made in the rich, close-to-flamboyant style that we have come to expect from Shafer, the latest One Point Five is an outgoing Cabernet of extraordinary richness and depth. For all of its lavish, explicitly ripe fruit and sweet oak, it sports plenty of gruff tannins, and its back-palate coarseness is more than enough to dissuade drinking any time soon. Put it aside for six to ten years with complete confidence, and, given the winery's track record in proving that ripeness is in no way antithetical to lengthy aging, we rather expect that it will continue to grow for a good many more after that.
Firm and tight, with a tannic band of cedary oak, dark berry, graphite, mocha and espresso notes, ending with chewy tannins and a burst of cherry-laced fruit. Drink now through 2028.
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