The 2015 Shafer One Point Five is a bold, expansive Stags Leap District wine with soft tannins and abundant fruit that is approachable when young, yet capable of aging gracefully. The wine’s name references the partnership between father and winery founder John Shafer and his son Doug, who took on the role of winemaker in 1983. Their working relationship has lasted for over 30 years. “One Point Five” was coined to mean “a generation and a half” to reflect the overlap in generations, as opposed the the traditional second-generation winery story.
From the first vintage, “One Point Five” has consistently reflected the Shafer style and commitment to quality. 2015 was the fourth in a string of ideal vintages: dry and warm, with consistent daytime heat and cool evenings, the growing season yielded tiny berries with concentration, rich colour, and enticing aromatics. The resulting wines have excellent structure and extraction; they’re destined to cellar beautifully.
This wine combines fruit from two Stags Leap District sites: Shafer’s hillside estate vineyard and the “Borderline” vineyard, located just south of the winery. Approximately 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small quantity of Merlot and Malbec, it was aged for approximately 20 months in new French oak barrels.
“Taut and leathery, this is a thickly tannic, incredibly structured and powerful wine, softened by 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec. Extracted black fruit is poised amongst earthy truffle, crushed rock and black pepper, the aromas and flavours integrated and built to age. Enjoy best 2025–2030.”
97 points + “Cellar Selection”, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2018
“Strikingly complex and engaging, offering tiers of flavor, including dark berry, cedar, graphite and oak, presented in a style that lets the elements speak through the tannins. Drink now through 2030.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, 2018
“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a fabulous example of the year at its best. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice infuse this voluptuous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers looking for a wine to drink with minimal cellaring will find much to admire in this sexy, racy Cabernet. Even with all of its up-front fruit, the 2015 has quite a bit of depth and tannin to support at least a handful of years of fine drinking.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2018
“The small, concentrated 2015 vintage produced a One Point Five Cabernet that’s less approachable now than in previous years, yet better built for the long haul. The brawny tannins mask the textbook Stags Leap District blackberry fruit, though it’s certainly there, as well as oak vanillin and a savoury earthiness. 100% new French oak.”
92 points, Decanter, July 2018