ON MARCH 1, 2007 SHAFER RELEASES 2004 “ONE POINT FIVE” STAGS LEAP DISTRICT CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Shafer Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of 2004 One Point Five Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that signals a return to the winery’s roots.
“A Stags Leap District Cabernet was our first wine back in 1978,” says Doug Shafer, president, Shafer Vineyards. “This is our home. This is the place we know and the fruit we’ve been cultivating for more than 30 years.”
The Shafer family purchased their Napa Valley hillside estate in 1972, a property that had been the site of wine grape cultivation since the 1880s. John Shafer planted Cabernet Sauvignon on the property in the early and mid-1970s and from those vines made his first wine in 1978.
Shafer released the first wine (100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon) in 1981 and Doug Shafer joined his father at the winery, as winemaker, just two years later.
“Dad and I learned the wine business together,’ says Doug. “At some point we coined the phrase ‘a generation-and-a-half’ to describe our partnership because it wasn’t the classic second-generation story where a parent hands off an established, profitable family business to a son or daughter. We were both here in the fingers-crossed days when no one was sure the winery would be a success.”
The One Point Five label takes its name from the generation-and-a-half idea.
One Point Five is sourced primarily from two Stags Leap District vineyards – Shafer’s hillside estate and the Borderline vineyard located two miles south of the winery, a 25-acre site purchased by the winery in 1999.
Of the 2004 One Point Five, Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez says, “These are aromas and flavors that speak of home to me – pure Stags Leap District. The first thing I get in the glass are aromas of black, chewy fruit, cedar, chocolate, and dried herbs, followed by rich, juicy flavors of blackberry, smoke, dark chocolate, herbs, and tobacco, with a nice long finish. The tannins are ripe and supple, bringing back memories of the 1992 vintage.”
2004 One Point Five Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is released with a suggested California retail price of $65.