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2011 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1155248 94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Shafer’s estate-grown Cabernet comes primarily from two sites: the family’s original vineyard tucked under the Stags Leap escarpment on a series of knolls, planted by John and Doug Shafer in the 1970s, and the Borderline Vineyard, at the southern end of the district, with 25 acres of Cabernet planted in 2000 and ’01. As those vines have matured, they’ve provided enough fruit that Shafer could shift from a Napa Valley to an SLD designation for its Cabernet. And with each successive vintage, One Point Five seems to sneak a little closer to Hillside Select. Graced by exceptional drainage, both sites performed well in 2011, creating a silky Cabernet with succulent red fruit. There’s energy in the wine, from the floral buzz of the aroma to the racy tannins. Inner quote mark (10/2014)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five comes from a cool, wet, more difficult year (by California standards anyway), yet it's nevertheless a beautiful wine. Almost Saint-Estèphe-like darker currant and cassis fruits as well as damp earth, tobacco leaf, cedar pencil, and violets give way to a medium to full-bodied, silky, elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon revealing ripe, polished tannins, a balanced, seamless mouthfeel, and outstanding length. Inner quote mark (8/2021)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of rosemary, dark fruit and milk chocolate. Full body, with dried red pepper and berry. Chocolate finish. Chewy tannins. Needs time to come together - slightly disjointed now. Inner quote mark (5/2014)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Aromas of mulberry, licorice and graphite become increasingly musky with aeration. Pungent and tightly coiled but still supple, showing good energy and cut to the blackberry and cassis flavors. Intensely flavored even if it doesn't have the density or sweetness of a top vintage. The smoky, slowly building finish shows sweet tannins. A bit unyielding today but very successful for the year. Inner quote mark (5/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark red cherries, plums, mocha, spices and new leather meld together in Shafer's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five. This is one of the juicier 2011s readers will come across. I don’t imagine the 2011 is built for the long-term, but it sure is gorgeous today. The style is a bit more restrained and medium in body than is typically the case, but that is simply the personality of the year. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A substantial and imminently structured wine from a coolish vintage, this blends 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec to impressive effect. Leathery and intense it will benefit with time, its black pepper, red cassis fruit and flowery anise layers commingling in complex ways. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2014)

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