The 2016 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 the late John Shafer and his son Doug, who took on the role of winemaker in 1983. Their working relationship 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. 2016 was the fifth 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.
“Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap is very deep purple-black in colour and gives up intense Black Forest cake, black berry pie and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of licorice, eucalyptus, espresso, tar and chargrilled beef. Full-bodied, it packs the black fruit preserves flavours and earthy accents into the palate, with a firm frame and great freshness on the finish.”
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018
“Very strong and pure aromas of blackcurrants with violets and lightly herbal notes, leading to a palate that has dark-mineral allure. This delivers attractive, ripe dark berries with a very long, focused and assertive, neatly cut finish. Elegance with power. Drink or hold.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2018