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2011 One Point Five® Cabernet Sauvignon

Release date: March 1, 2014
Suggested California retail: $75

"[Shafer produces] Cabernet that defines the Stags Leap District."
– Wine & Spirits magazine

Shafer Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of 2011 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, a Stags Leap District wine that celebrates the winery's roots in this special area of Napa Valley.

"The glass comes alive with aromas of crushed red and black summer berries, rose petal and herbs. In the mouth the generous, lush black and red fruits integrate enticingly with sage, tobacco leaf, smoke and black spice all wrapped within a structure of ripe Stags Leap District tannins. The finish is long and pleasurable."
– 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.

2011 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon is released with a suggested California retail price of $75.

“… inky/purple color along with sweet cassis and mulberry fruit intermixed with notions of high quality toast and spring flowers … an outstanding success for the vintage.”
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

Related Links
2011 One Point Five Fact Sheet
One Point Five — A Generation-and-a Half Story
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Shafer Brochure
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Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate,
October 2014

2011 One Point Five® – Reviews

“… inky/purple color along with sweet cassis and mulberry fruit intermixed with notions of high quality toast and spring flowers … an outstanding success for the vintage.”
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

“… a silky cabernet with succulent red fruit. There’s energy in this with, from the floral buzz of the aroma to the racy tannins. Like the best of Shafer’s cabernets, this will age for 15 to 20 years.”
Wine & Spirits 

“ … big, hearty and complex, with flavors of black raspberries, black cherries, black plums and herbs, ripe tannins, long finish.”
— Fred Tasker, Miami Herald

“… attractive, forward, intense, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs, anise, and black olive; full body; rich textured, cedary, blackberry fruit flavors with hints of sage, tobacco, and dark chocolate … very highly recommended.”
— California Grapevine

“Full-bodied and fleshy, this wine shows pure cassis and blackberry aromas and flavours. On the lush, riper side, it closes with remarkable freshness for its size.”
— Linda Murphy, Decanter


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Getting to the Point of 'One Point Five'

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!

Stags Leap District – An American Treasure

Forty years ago the Shafer family moved to their new home in a rugged area of Napa Valley then locally nicknamed “Stags Leap.” Today, celebrating the 25th anniversary year of its official designation as an appellation, the Stags Leap District is known as the birthplace of world-class American Cabernet Sauvignon. In this video Doug Shafer offers a look at the lasting beauty of this place that’s ideally suited to produce top wines.