2004 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1028510 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Shafer’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five, composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, has been a brilliant introduction to their portfolio of Stags Leap offerings. It spends 21 months in two-thirds new oak. The wine’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with glorious opulence, abundant fruit, supple, sweet tannins, a round, generous, mouthfilling texture and stunning purity as well as complexity. This terrific example of Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking beautifully at present, should hit its peak in 4-5 years, and will last for another decade thereafter. (RP)  (4/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 It’s a junior version of Hillside Select, from different vineyards and not as oaky. But it’s 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.  (7/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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. (JL)  (4/2007)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 This is the first release of One Point Five, a refernce to what Doug Shafer calls the 'generation and a half' partnership his dad and he have had in their winery. It's a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced primarily from Shafer's Hillside Estate Vineyard and the 25-acre Borderline Vineyard, with a bit of fruit from Ridgeback Vineyard as well, and it replaces the Napa Valley Cabernet, which was sourced from vineyards throughout the valley. With One Point Five, there's no need to be patient, no need to cellar it: Just open it up and pour out a luscious red, big in all ways and balanced in its huge, dense style. The flavors run black, from black raspberry to espresso roast coffee to dark tobacco. A rich pleasure with a New York strip steak.  (6/2007)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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. *Two Stars*  (4/2007)

91 points 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. (ST)  (6/2007)

K&L Notes

This is the inaugural vintage of what has become one of Napa's most exceptional values in terms of pedigree and price. Sourced partially from Shafer's own Hillside vineyard and from the Borderline vineyard in Stags' Leap District, this wine is no known as a "baby Hillside Select", but in truth, it has so much more individual character than that moniker implies. Stylistically, it's more approachable in youth with a lighter oak regimen and often slightly lower alcohol levels.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.