2016 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stag's Leap District


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The revamping of Shafer’s Stag’s Leap District Cabernet program has been a terrific success for this seminal Napa Valley producer.  Replacing their largish Napa Valley Cabernet program with a much smaller production Estate-driven Cab has driven quality sky-high here and aficionados of Shafer now know that there is more than Hillside Select going on here!  The One Point Five, as this Stag’s Leap Cab is known, in fact, shares many of its big brother’s attributes- the currant-y, blackberry, loamy richness of the Stag’s Leap District as well as its aromatic complexity.  It’s very dark, very broad on the palate and very, very long on the finish….a true Shafer original.  The 2016 marks the best vintage yet……    
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 95 points : 
Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap is very deep purple-black in color and gives up intense Black Forest cake, black berry pie and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of licorice, eucalyptus, espresso, tar and chargrilled beef. Full-bodied, it packs the black fruit preserves flavors and earthy accents into the palate, with a firm frame and great freshness on the finish.