2018 Shafer 'One Point Five' Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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This super-ripe red opens with enticing fruit and warm baking spices on a bed of wet stone and violets. Dark and exotic, plush and generous, this is a full-bodied, complex beauty with ripe tannins ready to enjoy or cellar.

“Year in year out, [Shafer] is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world...Today, this is a winery that does everything about as perfect as can be. They have kept their feet, heads and egos grounded, and continue to kick proverbial ass with every vintage.” – Parker In 1972 John Shafer departed his 23 year career in publishing and moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. Fortuitously, he found a 210 acre parcel in the Stags Leap District and set up shop. His first task at hand was that of replanting the vineyards, some of which dated back to the 1920s. The Shafer family crushed their first Cabernet in 1978 and began building their winery the next year. Needless to say, that first release became not only a benchmark but a legend in its own right. Eventually they expanded their beautiful hillside acreage and in 1983, John's son, Doug Shafer, became winemaker after graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. Since then, Doug has stepped up to becoming the company's president and has passed the winemaking reins over to Elias Fernandez. From their somewhat modest beginnings, Shafer has blossomed into a world-class estate that is nationally and internationally renowned.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Elias Fernandez
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
100% new French oak barrels
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Stags Leap District
Total Varietal Composition %:
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec
Alcohol %:
15.3%
Score Wine Enthusiast:
97
SKU #:
1044981
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WE97

Wine Enthusiast

This is a muscular wine with a velvety backdrop—classic for the vintage and appellation. Silky tannins glide across a foundation of turned earth, crushed rock, clove and tobacco. The wine is hugely structured and grand. Dark plum, cherry and mocha flavors round out the profile. Cellar Selection.

JS95

James Suckling

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.