2008 Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five should turn out to be just as good. Slightly more powerful with sweeter fruit as well as more glycerin and fat, this is a big, full-bodied Stags Leap Cabernet offering abundant notes of roasted herbs, chocolate, cassis, incense and earth. Drink this deep, powerful 2008 over the next 10-15 years.

Author: Robert Parker

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

(15.1% alcohol; includes 2% petit verdot): Bright, deep red. Aromatic, rather claret-like nose combines currant, tobacco, black licorice and minerals; more red fruit than black. Much less forthcoming on the palate than the merlot, showing strong soil tones and minerality to the cherry and cedar flavors. Finishes with broad, dusty, palate-saturating tannins. A serious, ageworthy wine with attractive floral lift.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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purely domestic wine report | Rating: 91

Dark, intense nose with coffee and chocolate with some high toned fruit notes. The palate is backward and fairly tannic but there are gobs of youthful fruit here that show with air.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: Doug Wilder
Issue: 1

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Rough-hewn, chunky and extracted, with dried herb, leather, dried berry and sage. Not the typical Shafer polish, but consistent with the One Point Five style. Decant. Drink now through 2018. 7,800 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Jenkins Jason
Tasted On: 05/17/2013

Rating: 93
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/19/2014
This wine has obviously mellowed since WS reviewed it. It is very well balanced with good depth. Lots of blackberries, and a hint of graphite. Good finish.

Rating: 93
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/12/2015

Rating: 92
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2010-2023

Rating: 89
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/23/2013
www.myspace.com/southboundunion Nose had a fig/prune quality to it that kind of ruined it for me ... disappointed in this one.

Average rating: 91, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

201 bottles owned by 51 collectors.

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About This Producer

John Shafer began working and replanting steep, rocky vineyards in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District in 1972, and has since built Shafer into one of the most sought-after labels from Napa. John, his son Doug, and winemaker Elias Fernandez call themselves farmers, and are proud of it. Doug took over the vineyards in 1989, and within a year began to integrate organic techniques into his vineyards while the term "organic" still elicited sideways looks. "My soils were getting tired," Doug says. "They had been farmed since 1922." He installed solar panels in 2004, and now enjoys watching his batteries send power back to the grid. Elias was hired by Shafer in 1984 and named winemaker in 1994. Shafer Hillside Select is a benchmark wine of the Stag's Leap District, with a string of awards too long to list. Aged a full four years prior to release, it is, in the words of Robert Parker, "One of the world's, as well as Napa's, most profound Cabernet Sauvignons."

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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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