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.
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. It was aged for approximately 20 months in new French oak barrels.
“This has a deliciously ripe and perfumed nose of blueberries, cloves, potpourri and gravel. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy and elegant with a driven, focused finish. Cooler and more refined at the end. Try from 2023.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2020
“Composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple coloured 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five charges out of the gate with notes of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries and blackberry pie plus suggestions of bay leaves, fertile loam and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the mouth is completely coated with juicy black fruit flavours, supported by plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with an invigorating herbal lift.”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Nov 2020
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is shaping up to be fabulous. Bright, floral and punchy with terrific energy, the 2018 has so much to offer. Super-ripe red and purplish berry fruit, lavender, mint and sweet spice all abound in this pliant, beautifully layered Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2018 is a gorgeous wine in the making – that’s all there is to it.”
91-93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Jan 2020