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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 90455
The One Point Five label takes its name from the generation-and-a-half idea because John Shafer and his son Doug learned the wine business together over the span of "a generation-and-a-half".
Shafer winemaker, Elias Fernandez, says of the 2004 One Point Five Cabernet, "These are aromas and flavors that speak of home to me – pure Stags Leap District. The first thing I get are aromas of black, chewy fruit, cedar, chocolate, and dried herbs, followed by rich, juicy flavors of blackberry, smoke, dark chocolate, herbs, and tobacco, with a nice long finish. The tannins are ripe and supple, bringing back memories of the 1992 vintage."
"The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a combination of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. It reveals all the elegance and classicism one expects from the Stags Leap District along with beautifully sweet cherry and black currant fruit, flower, spice box, and mineral-like notes. Medium-bodied and pure with terrific intensity and a degree of opulence characteristic of the vintage, it can be consumed over the next 10-12 years."
-The Wine Advocate
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.
As of this vintage, Shafer has done away with their Napa Valley Cabernet bottling and replaced it with this proprietarily named 100% Cab. 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.
The newest baby in the Shafer portfolio is their Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap that they call One Point Five. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a quintessential example of Stags Leap. 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.
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.