2017 Shafer "One Point Five" Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) Single OK

2017 Shafer

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A tribute to the late John Shafer, “One Point Five” commemorates the 40+ years that John and his son, Doug, worked together in transforming a rocky hillside into one of Napa Valley’s premier estates. With fruit from both the Hillside Estate and the nearby Boderline Vineyard, One Point Five provides a true expression of the Stags Leap District. The 2017 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in a year that saw excellent weather throughout the growing season. About the 2017, winemaker Elias Fernandez said “In your glass the wine introduces itself with enticing aromas of red and black fruit, baking spice, dark violets, lavender, wet stone, and cinnamon. The promise of all that delicious complexity is fulfilled with a racy Cabernet Sauvignon full of energy – juicy flavors of red plum, cherry, cassis, black tea, and cola – all beautifully packaged together with ripe, bright tannins made for right-now enjoyment as well as long term aging in your cellar.” This is young Cabernet at its most intense and powerful. Cellaring for a few years would be wise, but if you can’t resist opening a bottle, be sure to decant and give it some time to open up.  

Winery


Winery Description

In the Stags Leap District, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. The well-drained volcanic soils and climate cooled by regular San Pablo Bay fogs produce cabs that are silky, supple and voluptuous: “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” While the Stags Leap District is now world class, when John Shafer moved his family there from Chicago in 1973, it was a place of rocky hillsides and rundown vineyards and orchards. At that time, “up-valley” was the focus of premium winemaking whereas this rocky corner of the valley did not even have an agreed-upon name. But as the land was affordable and had supported vineyards in the past, John Shafer decided it was the place to pursue his dream in wine.

Shafer Vineyards is a moderately-sized, family-owned operation whose pursuit of quality in both viticulture and winemaking helped define not only their own winery but the Stags Leap District as well. At the start it was just John and his son Doug doing everything, from terracing the hillsides, to planting vines, to making and selling the wine. Doug was only 17 when he began helping his father transform the old farm into a modern vineyard. He went on to study enology at UC Davis and became Shafer’s winemaker in 1983. Success came quickly to Shafer Vineyards, with its very first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon winning the prestigious San Francisco Vintner’s Club taste-off. Shafer’s Hillside Select, the winery’s showcase made from 100% Cabernet grown on the steep slopes surrounding the winery, became a benchmark that epitomized the complexity, richness and elegance of the Stags Leap District. While Shafer built its reputation on its Cabernets, the winery also produces Merlot and Syrah from estate vineyards just outside the Stags Leap District as well as Chardonnay from Carneros. Shafer’s 2008 Relentless, a blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah was selected as Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year for 2012.  Despite success and high demand for its wines, Shafer Vineyards chose to remain small enough to be manageable, capping growth at about 32,000 cases. In addition to John and Doug Shafer, that team includes Elias Fernandez, who joined in 1984 and has been winemaker since 1994. The charm of drinking a glass of Shafer wine comes from knowing that the folks who made it are so intimately acquainted with the land, the vineyards and even the individual vines. In this age of global conglomerates, it is a quality that deserves to be cherished.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Stags Leap District (Napa)
Winery Shafer
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Varietal(s) カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン
Closure Cork
Volume 1500ml
Bottle Size 10.0 x 36.0
Case Size 32.0 x 22.0 x 37.0
Alcohol 15.3%
Product Code SH17NCBg
UPC 013528800038

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes


95 points – James Suckling; 94 points – Wine Enthusiast; 93 points – Jeb Dunnuck; 91 points – Wine Advocate.

Aromas swirl – intense cassis, violets,  bright plum as well as bay leaf, espresso and herbal notes. The lush and full-bodied palate delivers an assertive wallop of red plum, ripe berries, mineral, black tea and savory notes, framed by chewy tannins and a core of fresh acidity. 

Production


Vinification

Meticulous vineyard management (suckering, leafing, culling) helps ensure consistent ripening. Grapes are picked by hand, manually sorted, destemmed and then sorted again by optical berry scanner. The must is fermented on a prepared yeast. The wine aged 20 months in 100% new French oak. 

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