2005 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • WS 92
  • IWC 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
The sensational 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five, which is their Stags Leap blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 70% new oak barrels, of which half are French and half American. It’s... The sensational 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five, which is their Stags Leap blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 70% new oak barrels, of which half are French and half American. It’s the latter component that surprised me, because whatever American oak they’re using is wonderfully subtle and well-integrated. This wine has an opaque purple color and a beautiful nose of charcoal, graphite, blackberry and an essence of gorgeously pure creme de cassis fruit mixed with spring flowers. With impeccably and flawlessly integrated oak, acidity and tannin, this full-bodied yet elegant and stunning wine is just coming into its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for another 10-15 years. Like the Merlot, this tips the scales at 14.9% alcohol. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2008
Rich deep and complex with a complex mix of fleshy currant dried berry anise sage and mineral framed by light cedary oak. Gains depth and complexity on the finish. Elegant and stylish. Best from 2009 through 2014. 9500... Rich deep and complex with a complex mix of fleshy currant dried berry anise sage and mineral framed by light cedary oak. Gains depth and complexity on the finish. Elegant and stylish. Best from 2009 through 2014. 9500 cases made. -JL
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2008
Good deep bright ruby. Complex aromas and flavors of cassis leather earth game tobacco and sexy smoky oak with a minty nuance emerging with air. Creamy-sweet and expansive in the mouth with an almost exotic character to... Good deep bright ruby. Complex aromas and flavors of cassis leather earth game tobacco and sexy smoky oak with a minty nuance emerging with air. Creamy-sweet and expansive in the mouth with an almost exotic character to the intense fruit. As lush as this is though it maintains firm shape. Finishes with substantial broad dusty tannins and impressive lingering sweetness.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Stag's Leap District
Vintage 2005

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.