2009 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • JS 93
  • IWC 93
  • WE 92
  • W&S 92
  • WA 91
  • WS 90

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JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2011
For a barrel sample this is very pretty with bright fruit and firm tannins. Muscular structure in this a very clean and gorgeous wine.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Saturated medium ruby. Complex aromas of cassis dark chocolate licorice minerals and spicy oak plus a hint of game. Pliant and layered on the palate with an insidious penetrating quality to the seamless cassis game... Saturated medium ruby. Complex aromas of cassis dark chocolate licorice minerals and spicy oak plus a hint of game. Pliant and layered on the palate with an insidious penetrating quality to the seamless cassis game mineral and licorice flavors. A floral element gives lift to this primary but varietally expressive wine. Finishes long and suave with fine tannins. Delicious now but capable of aging for a decade or more. A terrific vintage for this bottling.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, July 2012
Aged in 100% new French oak this 100% Cabernet is big sweet and tannic. It's offering little beyond exceptionally rich ripe flavors of blackberries black currants and dark chocolate. It's almost like a Port wine whose... Aged in 100% new French oak this 100% Cabernet is big sweet and tannic. It's offering little beyond exceptionally rich ripe flavors of blackberries black currants and dark chocolate. It's almost like a Port wine whose high alcohol is an integral part of the package. Shows the dramatic flair of all Shafer's red wines but you might want to cellar it for 5-6 years. - S.H.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, August 2012
This is a soft layered elegant cabernet even as it delivers a bath of chocolate-rich tannins and juicy dark fruit. Somehow it manages to pack in plenty of alcohol and discretion at the same time the combination reading as... This is a soft layered elegant cabernet even as it delivers a bath of chocolate-rich tannins and juicy dark fruit. Somehow it manages to pack in plenty of alcohol and discretion at the same time the combination reading as exotic spice. A cushy pleasure to serve with short ribs.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five comes across as silky and seductive. Ripe red berries flowers mint and spices caress the palate in this understated gracious wine. The 2009 impresses for its seamless texture and... The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five comes across as silky and seductive. Ripe red berries flowers mint and spices caress the palate in this understated gracious wine. The 2009 impresses for its seamless texture and long polished finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2012
Rustic with a chewy edge to the loamy earth and cedar. The core currant and dark berry flavors are intense and concentrated and this ends with chunky tannins. Fans of that rustic character will happily chew through this... Rustic with a chewy edge to the loamy earth and cedar. The core currant and dark berry flavors are intense and concentrated and this ends with chunky tannins. Fans of that rustic character will happily chew through this. Best from 2013 through 2022. -JL
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Stag's Leap District
Vintage 2009

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.