Release date: March 1, 2016
Suggested California retail: $85
"[Shafer produces] Cabernet that defines the Stags Leap District."
– Wine & Spirits magazine
Shafer Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of 2013 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, a Stags Leap District wine that celebrates the winery's roots in this special area of Napa Valley.
"This is a Cabernet with the Stags Leap District imprint all the way to its rich core. Lush, pronounced aromas lead to layers of flavor – black cherry, red cherry, savory herbs, cassis, black pepper, smoke, and briar fruit. The wine’s lively, energetic juiciness comes wrapped in ripe, chewy tannins offering the ideal structure for extensive aging."
– 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.
2013 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District is released with a suggested California retail price of $85.
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five has a dense ruby/purple color and is a blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 100% new French oak. This is always a beautifully elegant wine from Shafer, and the 2013 is no exception. Blueberry, black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, along with crushed rock and spring flowers are present in this medium-bodied, stylish and elegant wine. Tannins are soft, the wine pure and ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-15 years."
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
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Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate, October 2014
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a stunner made from 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest other varietals. It is aged in 100% new oak, but you would never tell that given its richness of blackcurrant fruit, classic flowers and unsmoked cigar tobacco. The wine needs 3-4 years, as most 2013s do, and should be a 30-year wine. It is a beautiful baby, but bottle age will definitely unleash more subtleties and richness. This is a full-bodied classic that is superb.”
— Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
“The velvety approachability of this soft, supple wine belies a strength and sophistication always at the heart of this producer’s wines, an intensity of flavor and power that commands attention. Black currant, black cherry, sage and smoky oak ride atop an underground of black pepper, combining ultimately into a tantalizingly juicy package. Drink now through 2023. Cellar Selection.”
— Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
“Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and cracked pepper. Some dried flowers. Full-bodied, firm and very structured with chewy yet polished tannins and a long, long finish. Vivid and gorgeous. Lots of lemon rind. Beautiful now. Built for aging.”
— James Suckling
“… attractive, deep, intense, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, dried herbs, and black pepper; full body; big, dense, concentrated, textured, red and black fruit flavors with hints of mocha and graphite; full tannin; lingering aftertaste … Very highly recommended.”
— California Grapevine
“The finely ripened tannins of this wine show off the greatness of the 2013 vintage, their chocolate richness detailed in layers that give the wine a Stags Leap District signature. The fruit fills those layers with dark raspberry scents, floral notes and savory elements … bold, but it’s balanced, notably fine and approachable for its size.”
— Wine & Spirits
“Powerful and concentrated with blackberry and cherry fruit, dried savory herbs, with great structure.”
— Hayley Hamilton Cogill, D Magazine
“Ripe, berry nose; smooth, dense and spicy with plum and blackberry; supple, full and rich; clean, edgy and long.”
— Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
“Another gorgeous wine from Shafer. The color is deep and dark. Rich fruits explode on the nose, blueberries and blackberries, and a touch of black pepper. On the palate, blackberry, elderberry, dark chocolate and a hint of espresso lead, with highlights of raspberry singing out on the mid-palate. Tannins offer a gentle precise grip, acids counter for perfect balance. Black fruits and mocha linger. Drink with bone-in prime rib. Very highly recommended.”
— David Honig, PalatePress.com
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.