2011 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Herbs, graphite, menthol, pine and black plums meld together in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five. The 2011 is decidedly dark, intensely mineral and savory throughout. Sage, rosemary and anise are some of the many nuances that add depth over time. In 2011, the blend includes 5% Petit Verdot, which contributes to the wine's dark, balsamic-inflected personality. Timing is everything. The 2011 harvest was the first at Shafer done with an optical sorter, a new tool that I am sure came in especially handy considering how much of the fruit had to be sorted and ultimately discarded. Although the flagship Hillside Select tends to get most of the attention at Shafer, this tasting once again confirmed that the other wines in the range are just as deserving of serious consideration. Shafer fans will want to take a look at the short video I shot at the winery earlier this year with John and Doug Shafer, and their long-time winemaker Elias Fernandez. This is another set of fabulous wines from one of Napa's blue chips.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A revelation, it is hard to believe the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) came from a challenging vintage of cool weather and rainy periods. It boasts an inky/purple color along with sweet cassis and mulberry fruit intermixed with notions of high quality toast and spring flowers. Although it does not reveal the mid-palate density and impact or finish of the 2010, the 2011 is an outstanding success for the vintage.