Shafer Stags Leap District One Point Five Cabernet 2015 Rated 97WE CELLAR SELECTION
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Wine Enthusiast Review
Taut and leathery, this is a thickly tannic, incredibly structured and powerful wine, softened by 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec. Extracted black fruit is poised amongst earthy truffle, crushed rock and black pepper, the aromas and flavors integrated and built to age. Enjoy best 20252030.
James Suckling Review
This shows nice concentration on the nose in terms of ash and blackcurrant but also some pretty floral elements with violets and jasmine. Full-bodied with a strong entrée of black fruit but with driven acidity, muscular tannins and a long finish. A blend of 95% cabernet sauvignon, 3% merlot, 1% malbec and 1% petit verdot. Drink in 2019.
Wine Spectator Review
Strikingly complex and engaging, offering tiers of flavor, including dark berry, cedar, graphite and oak, presented in a style that lets the elements speak through the tannins. Drink now through 2030.
VinoUS Media Review
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a fabulous example of the year at its best. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice infuse this voluptuous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers looking for a wine to drink with minimal cellaring will find much to admire in this sexy, racy Cabernet. Even with all of its up-front fruit, the 2015 has quite a bit of depth and tannin to support at least a handful of years of fine drinking.
Wine & Spirits Review
Doug Shafer grows formidable cabernets at his family's estate vineyards, this one clocking in at 15.3 percent alcohol. But it wears that power well, building intensity into a tight structure, offering an immediate impression of elegance. It's heady with an umeboshi plum scent, and chunky with chocolate-covered-cherry flavors. Decant it several hours before you grill a butterflied leg of lamb studded with rosemary and garlic.
Wine Advocate Review
A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap has an earthy/meaty nose, featuring notions of tar and charcuterie over crème de cassis and baked plums plus a hint of licorice. Very big, full-bodied and packed with black fruit preserves in the mouth, it has a chewy backbone and lively lift to the earthy/savory finish.
Wine Tasting Notes
This vintage bursts with bright, energetic aromas and flavors of fresh black cherry, black plum right from the tree, pomegranate, wet slate, peppercorn, lavender, and savory herbs. The flavors have long, beautiful length in the mouth and the wine's classic Stags Leap District tannins offer structure and promise for delicious things to come in the cellar.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Malbec