2009 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a rich, boisterous wine endowed with tremendous palate presence and depth. Juicy dark red berries, flowers and mint literally burst from the glass as the 2009 opens up with some time. Year after year, the One Point Five is one of the most consistent and fairly priced wines in the highflying landscape that is the Napa Valley. This is a flat out delicious bottle to drink now (with some decanting) and over the next handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)
For a barrel sample, this is very pretty with bright fruit and firm tannins. Muscular structure in this, a very clean and gorgeous wine.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Complex aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, licorice, minerals and spicy oak, plus a hint of game. Pliant and layered on the palate, with an insidious penetrating quality to the seamless cassis, game, mineral and licorice flavors. A floral element gives lift to this primary but varietally expressive wine. Finishes long and suave, with fine tannins. Delicious now but capable of aging for a decade or more. A terrific vintage for this bottling. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
This is a soft, layered, elegant Cabernet even as it delivers a bath of chocolate-rich tannins and juicy dark fruit. Somehow it manages to pack in plenty of alcohol and discretion at the same time, the combination reading as exotic spice. A cushy pleasure to serve with short ribs.
*Cellar Selection* Aged in 100% new French oak, this 100% Cabernet is big, sweet and tannic. It's offering little beyond exceptionally rich, ripe flavors of blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate. It's almost like a Port wine whose high alcohol is an integral part of the package. Shows the dramatic flair of all Shafer's red wines, but you might want to cellar it for 5–6 years.
Rustic, with a chewy edge to the loamy earth and cedar. The core currant and dark berry flavors are intense and concentrated, and this ends with chunky tannins. Fans of that rustic character will happily chew through this. Best from 2013 through 2022. (JL)