2017 One Point Five
We are pleased to release 2017 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.
“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.”
— Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez
“Super-ripe dark cherry, cloves, menthol, licorice and earthy notes give the 2017 a distinctly dark, exotic feel. Plush and generous on the palate with sweet, silky tannins ...”
— Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“ ... deep garnet-purple colored with pronounced crème de cassis, blackberry pie and black forest cake notes with waft of bay leaves, cigar box, tar and smoked meats. The palate is full-bodied, firm and chewy with a taut, muscular mid-palate and an herb-lifted finish.”
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
“ … a powerfully built, robust and rounded wine. Sage and violet aromas lead to a strong, sturdy core of tannin, oak and muscle, developed with sweet tobacco, cassis and cola.” -
— Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
“ … the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers a full-bodied, rounded, structured style as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, toasted spice, and herbed de Provence like notes. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine, has loads of fruit, and is going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age.”
— Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
“Fresh cassis and blueberries with crushed violets and stones, too. This is fresh and complex. The palate carries a smooth, supple and tautly refined brand of tannin and a succulently fresh core of blue plums and blueberries.”
— James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
“Deep garnet color; juicy, tangy, and balanced, with lush berry flavors; dense and long.” –
— Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel
Vintage and Production Notes
Release Date: March 1, 2020
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.
The 2017 Growing Season: A lengthy, warm summer allowed the fruit to hang in near ideal conditions for a long, long time producing clusters of fruit with vivid color, enticing flavors, and unrivaled aromas.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Brix at Harvest: 23.5° - 25.8°
Cooperage: 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels (Allier & Tronçais)
Suggested CA Retail: $95
Video: For Us, One Point Five Means Family and Home
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.
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.