2006 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits
In the 2004 vintage, the Shafers replaced their Napa Valley Cabernet with One Point Five...The texture, that signal aspect of SLD fruit, is layered and as rich as French roast coffee, with an underlying tension that keeps the vine focused on high-toned red fruit, dark earth and violet scents. It's powerful and guarded when first poured, growing sleek and classical with a day of air. This should drink increasingly well over the next ten years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, medium ruby-red. Expressive, rather wild nose melds cassis, black cherry, tobacco, iron, mocha, leather and brown spices. A bit less plump than the 2005 version, but suave and vinous, with good cut and life to the varietally typical flavors of currant, leather, mocha and tobacco leaf. This slightly restrained, soil-driven wine still needs time to unwind and will merit a higher score if time brings more pliancy. Finishes with firm, building tannins and sneaky length. (ST)
Subtle and aromatic, with milk chocolate and plums. Full bodied, with soft and velvety tannins, and a delicious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon with just a touch of Petite Verdot.
Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with 1% Petite Verdot, this big, tannic wine may well age, but right now it’s a bit disjointed. Shows candied flavors of cherries, plums, chocolate and herbs, with smoky caramel from new oak. Gets better in the glass as it breathes.
Less intense than Shafer's Hillside Select, yet similar in style, with heady, ripe black and blue fruit, earth and leather notes, and attractive barrel spice. There is enough acidity and tannic structure for cellaring, though again, it's a big, fruit-driven wine. 17.5/20 points. (LM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2006 offers delicious red currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with notions of loamy soil and spring flowers. It is an elegant, stylish effort ... (RP)
Sourced primarily from two Stags Leap Districts - the famed Hillside estate and the Borderline vineyard - this generation-and-a-half idea is a great selection for Shafer lovers who might not be able to indulge in the Hillside Select (or can't get their hands on a bottle). Sweet blackberry, plum and current fruit aromas and flavors are complemented by nuances of savory herbs, cocoa and cigar box (complete with cigars!).