Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
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... View More
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.
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.
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.