1995 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 1999
Deep ruby. Aromatic nuanced higher-pitched aromas of blackcurrant cassis and licorice. Youthful black fruit flavors given shape and delineation by lively acids. Firm fresh and very long. At once big and subtle. In... Deep ruby. Aromatic nuanced higher-pitched aromas of blackcurrant cassis and licorice. Youthful black fruit flavors given shape and delineation by lively acids. Firm fresh and very long. At once big and subtle. In comparison with the '96 this wine substantial dusty tannins reach more of the mouth. Not as extravagantly dense and ripe as the '94 but compelling cabernet nevertheless and likely to be long-lived. 93(+?) points
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1996
At the top of this estate's qualitative hierarchy are their Cabernet Sauvignons. The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District is an elegant yet authoritatively-flavored wine with copious amounts of cassis fruit spicy... At the top of this estate's qualitative hierarchy are their Cabernet Sauvignons. The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District is an elegant yet authoritatively-flavored wine with copious amounts of cassis fruit spicy smoky oak medium body and excellent restrained but well-balanced personality. It is a nicely-extracted fleshy complex wine for drinking during its first 10-15 years of life. Another of Napa's finest wineries Shafer has taken full advantage of a succession of superlative vintages during the nineties producing a powerful portfolio of brilliant wines. Since 1991 just about everything emerging from Shafer Vineyards has been high on buyers' lists. All things considered Doug and John Shafer are at the top of their game.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 1995

Winery

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1972 by John Shafer who left a 23-year career in the publishing industry to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate, the family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards which dated back to the 1920s.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer.

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later, Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.

New vineyards have been added over the years, with acreage acquired in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, bringing the total Shafer vineyard acreage to over 200 acres. Winery facilities have been expanded and extensive caves carved into the hillside for aging wine.

In 1994, Elias was appointed winemaker, and Doug took over the reins as president when John became chairman of the board.