Release date: March 1, 2013
Suggested California retail: $72
"[Shafer produces] Cabernet that defines the Stags Leap District."
– Wine & Spirits magazine
Shafer Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of 2010 One Point Five Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that celebrates the winery's roots in this special area of Napa Valley.
“Enticing aromas of crushed red and black berries fill the glass along with more delicate layers of sage, vanilla, cedar, and tobacco leaf. In the mouth the herbs and fruit are nicely integrated within a structure of ripe Stags Leap District tannins. The finish is lingering and pleasurable, inviting another taste,” says Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez.
"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 best 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 that first vintage (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.
2010 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District is released with a suggested California retail price of $72.
“Mocha, tar, spices and tobacco all flow from the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five. A rich, intense wine, the 2010 impresses for its depth and sheer power … an utterly magnificent Cabernet that will challenge the top labels of many other properties.”
— Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
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Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate, October 2013
“… aromas of blueberries, black currants, incense and delicate floral notes. Following the stunning perfume, this full-bodied, elegant, super-rich wine reveals great definition and purity of black currants and black raspberries gentle wrapped in subtle spicy oak. This classic Cabernet is the quintessential model for both Stags Leap and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are sweet enough that it can be drunk now, but it should evolve easily for two decades.”
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
“… drop-dead gorgeous. Freshly cut flowers, rose petals, menthol, plums, black cherries and new leather all jump from the glass. Vibrant, delineated and nuanced, the 2010 stands out for its exceptional balance and class. This is a striking, absolutely beautiful wine from Shafer, and one of the very best values in Napa Valley Cabernet.”
— Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Ripe, yet balanced by refreshing acidity and sturdy tannins. Juicy cassis, black cherry fruit and creamy vanilla on a suave frame.”
— Linda Murphy, Decanter
“This proprietary bottling from Shafer is always a huge wine. The 2010, which contains a splash of Petite Verdot, is gigantically packed with blackberry jam, black currant, dark chocolate and sweet oak …”
— Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast (Cellar Selection)
“… a wine with that (Stags Leap District) satin texture in the tannins, saturated red fruit and riper notes of dimpled grapes … tasting black and earthy, hinting at volcanic dust. This is elegant enough to bridge the gap between terroir expression and luxury wine.”
— Wine & Spirits
“… attractive, big, rich, intense, ripe blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, dried herbs, and cocoa powder; full body; big, rich, forward, textured, blue and black fruit flavors with good depth, firm lingering aftertaste. Forward rich fruit makes the wine accessible now, though deserving three to five more years of aging. Very highly recommended.”
— California Grapevine
“Inky garnet in color, this wine smells of ripe cherry and tobacco. In the mouth, cherry, cassis, and tobacco flavors are wrapped in a fleece blanket of tannins. Bright acidity keeps the wine fresh …”
Perhaps the most-asked question at Shafer is "What does One Point Five mean?" In our new short film (2 minutes, 54 seconds) John and Doug Shafer reveal the story behind the name and the inspiration behind the wine. Enjoy!
John and Doug Shafer describe the early challenges of finding enough Cabernet Sauvignon
fruit in the tiny Stags Leap District. Their solution? To purchase a new Stags Leap District
vineyard in 1999, which, along with the Hillside Estate Vineyard, became the predominant
source for the new One Point Five.