Release date: March 1, 2015
Suggested California retail: $80
"[Shafer produces] Cabernet that defines the Stags Leap District."
– Wine & Spirits magazine
Shafer Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of 2012 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, a Stags Leap District wine that celebrates the winery's roots in this special area of Napa Valley.
"Striking an enticing balance between liveliness and density, this vintage offers plush, round aromas of dark fruit and herbs followed by a mouth-filling blend of blackberry, black cherry, balsamic-infused strawberry, blueberry, cassis, herbs, and mocha. The whole package bears the stamp of Stags Leap District with ripe, easy-to-love tannins and a long, complete finish."
– 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.
2012 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon is released with a suggested California retail price of $80.
"… a glorious bouquet of blue and black fruits, acacia flowers and wild berry fruit touched by toasty oak and spice box wrapped in a full-bodied, rich, stunningly proportioned, pure style. It should age effortlessly for 25 or more years. This may turn out to be the finest One Point Five Shafer has yet produced … brilliance is written all over it."
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
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Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate,
“… a glorious bouquet of blue and black fruits, acacia flowers and wild berry fruit touched by toasty oak and spice box wrapped in a full-bodied, rich, stunningly proportioned, pure style. It should age effortlessly for 25 or more years. This may turn out to be the finest One Point Five Shafer has yet produced … brilliance is written all over it.”
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
“Crushed blackberries compete with a hearty bouquet of violet in this gigantically powerful and structured wine. Softy and leathery, it features spikes of black pepper, vanilla and pungent black earth amid a dense, concentrated finesse of tannin and oak, with a lengthy finish awaiting. This is power at its best, a reflection of an idyllic vintage in the hands of a skilled producer.”
— Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
“… attractive, intense, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis and dried herbs; full body; big, deep, concentrated, black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with notes of mocha and graphite; full tannin; lingering aftertaste … very highly recommended.”
— California Grapevine
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!
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.