2018 One Point Five


We are pleased to release 2018 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, a bold, expansive Stags Leap District wine that celebrates the winery's roots in this special area of Napa Valley.

“2018 One Point Five is aromatically bright and overflowing with elegant, energetic flavors of red summer berries, black cherry, rose petal, and red and black plum, along with mocha, cinnamon, and spices. The seamless, silky tannins create a lush mouthfeel now and hold the promise for more riches to come with careful cellaring.”
— Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez

Reviews

“ ... charges out of the gate with notes of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries and blackber- ry pie ... the mouth is completely coated with juicy black fruit flavors, supported by plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with an invigorating herbal lift.”
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

“This is a muscular wine with a velvety backdrop—classic for the vintage and appellation. Silky tannins glide across a foundation of turned earth, crushed rock, clove and tobacco. The wine is hugely structured and grand. Dark plum, cherry and mocha flavors round out the profile. Enjoy from 2028–2035. Cellar Selection.” — Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

“Quite lush in feel, with creamy waves of plum sauce, melted black licorice, açaí berry reduction and sweet toast rolling through, laced with subtle alder and bay leaf notes and ending with a sanguine hint amid the fruit. The buried structure will carry this in the cellar as well. Drink now through 2032. 9,000 cases made.” — James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

“Shafer's Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is bright and punchy in 2018, with striking floral accents that give lift. In most vintages, the One Point Five is a bit more exuberant, but what impresses me about the 2018 is its finesse. Silky tannins wrap around a core of red/purplish berry fruit as the wine fleshes out over time. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate.” — Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is brilliant, and up with the crème de la crème at the price point. Lots of cassis, graphite, unsmoked tobacco, new leather, and cedar notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, beautifully balanced 2018. As with all these 2018s, it shows the pure, elegant style of the vintage and is going to age gracefully.” — Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

“This has a deliciously ripe and perfumed nose of blueberries, cloves, potpourri and gravel. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy and elegant with a driven, focused finish. Cooler and more refined at the end. Try from 2023.” — James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

 

Vintage and Production Notes

Release Date: March 15, 2021

Vineyard Location: Predominately from two Stags Leap District sites — Shafer’s hillside estate vineyard and “Borderline” vineyard located about two miles south of the winery.

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The 2018 Growing Season: A lengthy, cool, steady growing season created ideal conditions for the fruit to hang on the vine a long time in the summer sun developing rich color, alluring aromas, and luxuriant flavors.

Varietal Composition: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec

Brix at Harvest: 23.5° - 25.8°

Cooperage: 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels (Allier & Tronçais)

Alcohol: 15.3%

Suggested CA Retail: $98

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Video: One Point Five Celebrates Bonds that Last the Test of Time

One Point Five is a Cabernet Sauvignon that celebrates two things close to our hearts. The name refers to John and Doug Shafer’s 35 year father-and-son partnership. It also honors Stags Leap District, a place we’ve called home since 1973.

When you open a bottle of One Point Five we hope you enjoy it with people you care about!

The One Point Five Story

On a cold day in January 1983, Doug Shafer entered the family winery for the first time as winemaker. The future of Shafer Vineyards was an unknown back then. Doug’s father, John Shafer, had produced his first wine, 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, which been on the market about 18 months. Even though it would go on to win accolades, it took a long time to get our first Cabernet any attention. For the father-and-son team it was the start of a working relationship that has lasted more than 30 years – a partnership embedded in the name One Point Five. John and Doug eventually coined the term “a generation and a half” to differentiate theirs from a traditional second-generation story.

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On a cold day in January 1983, Doug Shafer entered the family winery for the first time as winemaker. Suddenly his viticulture degree from U.C. Davis and experience at other Napa Valley wineries and vineyards didn’t seem to be enough.

“I had turned Dad down two or three times when he’d asked me to take over winemaking. As I looked at all those tanks I wondered why I’d finally said yes. A lot was riding on this.”

A Generation and a Half
When Doug and John Shafer started working together in 1983, the winery’s future was an unknown. John Shafer’s first wine, 1,000 cases of 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, had been on the market about 18 months. Even though it would go on to win accolades, it took a lot of time to get that first Cabernet on store shelves and restaurant lists.

For the father-and-son team it was the start of a working relationship that would last more than 30 years – a partnership that is embedded in the name One Point Five.

“Most family owned businesses have their second-generation story – a first generation handing over the reins to a second,” says Doug. “Things happened differently here. Dad and I were in this together early on and learned the business side by side.”

They coined the term “a generation and a half” to differentiate theirs from a traditional second-generation story. From that comes the name One Point Five.

Stags Leap Commitment
Shafer has produced two Cabernet Sauvignon wines since the early 1980s. Hillside Select originated from hillside vines surrounding the winery. Their Stags Leap District Cabernet was sourced from Shafer’s property and from growers nearby.

“By 1996 the growers we were buying from were starting to make their own wine and wanted to keep their fruit,” says Doug.

In 1996 Doug purchased Cabernet from as far north as Calistoga and as far south as Oak Knoll, producing the winery’s first non-Stags Leap District Cabernet.

“We thought it’d be fun to create a Cab that’d be a snapshot of the vintage Napa Valley-wide,” says Doug.

Ultimately though, their hearts remained with Stags Leap District. In 1999 Shafer purchased the last sizeable parcel of vineyard land within the appellation naming it “Borderline,” as it lies along the southern boundary of the District.

“The challenge was how to work with a flat, broad property with deep soils and yet cultivate vines that produce the sort of concentrated, small-berried fruit that we like so much from our hillside site,” says Doug

The vineyard team prepared Borderline by embedding an extensive subsurface drainage system that would offer quick runoff and keep soils dry, holding the vigor of the vines in check. Shafer also used low-vigor rootstocks and planted the site using close spacing so that the vines would compete for moisture and soil nutrients.

“We also manage the site with sustainable farming methods,” Doug says. “Each fall we plant a mix of cover crops – bell beans, clover, and oats. These provide further competition with the vines for water and nutrients, pushing them to produce small berries and rich flavors.”

The new Cabernet Sauvignon, One Point Five, introduced in 2007, offers classic Stags Leap District aromas and flavors along with easy-to-love tannins that has proved to be a favorite with wine lovers around the world.

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