2004 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Itís a junior version of Hillside Select, from different vineyards and not as oaky. But itís 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.
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Elegant berry fruit intermixed with spring flowers, graphite, and crushed rock is followed by a medium-bodied wine with beautifully pure black cherry and currant fruit as well as wonderfully fresh acidity and purity. This wine should drink nicely for 10-15+ years.