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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 39 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationOne Point Five
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)013528800014

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2016 (based on 41 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 243 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/13/2015 & rated 93 points: Like another reviewer, the cork on my bottle crumbled as well. that made decanting a must. I was totally blown away with the magnitude of this wine. Bold rich fruit with solid but balanced tannins. The lingering spice notes to carry the finish to a long and enriching end. Would expect this wine to last many more years, if only I had more.... (412 views)
 Tasted by pgm on 4/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Probably at its peak right now. Beautiful berry, cigar box, black olive, cocoa notes on the nose, and in the mouth its all integrated and powerful. Tannins are resolved/resolving, but there's still great structure. Long, fine finish. Loved it. (736 views)
 Tasted by harley-dawg2001 on 4/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Excellent wine, so smooth (647 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/23/2015 & rated 90 points: just past peak and starting to fade compared to previous examples, don't decant, drink up. (906 views)
 Tasted by ewledbetter on 3/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Was worried by an earlier review this might be waning so we opened a bottle tonight. The cork disintegrated so I decanted, but otherwise the wine was superb, rife with deep and complex aromas and flavors of dark fruit and spices. Tannins still had presence, but softly, so my take is this vintage still has a ways to run. All is right with the world once more. (870 views)
 Tasted by Bill Bucklew on 11/2/2014 & rated 89 points: Double decanted for three hours and tasted blind initially. Moderate nose, black fruit, a touch of earth, medium body, medium acidity, saturated dark fruit on the attack, finishes a bit weak though. This fell a bit short for me. (1649 views)
 Tasted by Lax4 on 7/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Full body wine with lots of ruby red color and big bold flavor (2099 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 6/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Currants, berries and cherries. Finishes with a little herbal hint. (2186 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 6/7/2014 & rated 90 points: One and one half Shafers? I think we get the best of both of them, name said. Currently out drinking the Hillside, altho I don't expect ( and hope since we have the hillside ) that to be the end result, this is a very well made, and distinctive, napa cab with a ways to go. (2397 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 4/17/2014 & rated 94 points: WCC 2004 California Cab Blind Tasting (Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY): Very ripe fruit nose with notes of beef and licorice. Sweet, juicy, young, but balanced and harmonious. Definitely one of the best wines to drink tonight. (2773 views)
 Tasted by folsomarndt on 3/21/2014 & rated 93 points: A big, delicious and well balanced wine, with velvety tannins and a mid-length finish. (293 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 3/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Big napa, drinking very well now, nice feel on palate, some of the California in your face quality, but not over the top, more complex than fruit bomb. Thanks Doug. (2214 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 2/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, spice and oak. Similar flavors, along with blackcurrant and hints of chocolate. The tannins seem pretty much resolved and soft. A velvety texture in the mouth. Rich and fairly intense. Good structure and well balanced. A medium to long finish. (1677 views)
 Tasted by Roentgen Ray on 2/9/2014 & rated 93 points: Classic yummy Cab, great structure, complexity; it is good now, and will be good for a little while. (1422 views)
 Tasted by Soupsandwich on 10/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Black cherry, graphite, waxy aromatic w a touch of scorched earth - quite fresh w good fruit purity. The fruit is a little too forward which surprised me - very enjoyable (2321 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 10/11/2013 & rated 94 points: Rijp, gestoofd fruit, érg dik, a-typisch Bordeaux, piraat? (blind geproefd op een 2003 Bordeaux proeverij) (1942 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 8/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Drinking well now- first 04 we've opened -big mouth filling some spice, dark purple black, ready without reservation (2617 views)
 Tasted by gr8r84u on 6/21/2013: Needs an hour or so but then... (2731 views)
 Tasted by domco on 4/8/2013 & rated 86 points: Surprisingly unpleasant at first… musty and a bit sour. Not undrinkable, but not all that enjoyable. Seemed to come together after about an hr, and was fine with dinner, though a bit disappointing overall. Strangely, we’re finding the 1.5’s we are opening from the cellar to be very hit or miss right now. Not sure if best to drink young, or just a bit unlucky with a couple bottles. (3210 views)
 Tasted by carstenf on 3/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Just nice and welldone Napa Cab. The last one and it was good to see who it still had fruit and good karma...... (2661 views)
 Tasted by danrogers66 on 2/24/2013: Excellent (2764 views)
 Tasted by brian przyzycki on 2/17/2013 & rated 93 points: Drank on a Valentines day dinner with 2 other couples. (met my wife in 04') Classic 04 cab in every sense. If your a fan of this vintage, it will not disappoint. Tons of blackberry and cassis flavors with a smooth oak finish. Impeccible balance and mouthfeel. Very extracted...opaque. Exceeded expectations on every level and a total crowd pleaser. Paired with filet mignon and NY strip. (2369 views)
 Tasted by Nealefisher on 2/14/2013 & rated 93 points: Took about an hour to open up and got better for the next 2 hours. hint of pepper was a great match for lamb chops. (2009 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 12/17/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted 2 hours (sediment and some aeration benefit). Deep violet red. Not particularly aromatically expressive. Does show dark cherry, mocha, oak spices. Palate starts out with almost thick fruit, then smooth, soft tannins express along with a tiny dose of acidity. Creamy, smooth texture. Not complex or finesseful. Pleasant to good. Nice match for grilled NY strip. Plenty of time left, but see no reason to further cellar. (2482 views)
 Tasted by ebert on 11/22/2012 & rated 95 points: Great dark fruits and a bit of chocolate and spice. Round, full mouth feel. Great finish. Subtle oak (2473 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
(Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five, Episode #698 (6/30/2009)
(Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon) COLOR-a gorgeous purple inky color, pitch dark; NOSE-big red fruit (kirsch & cassis); enormous intensity; a little mint play; just gorgeous; really ripe cherry; fruit bomby, yet conservative; PALATE-very silky; enormous silk on the back-end; seductive; silky smooth; polished finish; almost like drinking delicious pure purple paint; refined elegance; has that really bright, intense California fruit; a Napa cab really doing it's thing; this is a gorgeous conducted Napa Cab; really polished elegance; big fruit; explosive; I really want to grill a big fat steak and eat it with this wine; this wine is bringing massive New World thunder; you can taste the gorgeous Oak integration; this is California Cabernet at it's best; drinking tremendously now, but will easily age 7-15 years; I like the subtle black leaf tea on the back-end; just a beautiful and elegant bottle of Cabernet; I like this '04 much better than the '05 that I just rated 88 points; WS-93; GV-93  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/21/2007)
(Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five) Mulberry, dried cherry nose; sweet blackberry, black fruit, caramel edge, high cherry note, tight yet and a little narrow, good acidity; medium finish 90+ pts.  90 points
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Producer website
John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon,
their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select,
is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

|| Release Date || March 1, 2007 ||
|| Vineyard Locations || Primarily from two Stags Leap District sites — Shafer’s hillside estate vineyard and “Borderline” vineyard located about two miles south of the winery. A small percentage also comes from Shafer’s Ridgeback vineyard adjacent to the southern border of Stags Leap District. ||
|| The 2004 Growing Season || An early budbreak led to a summer of long, warm, dry days and chilly evenings. These ideal conditions produced steady, even berry development. In September a heat spike kick-started a fast and bountiful harvest. The wines have a great volume of color and flavor. ||
|| Varietal Composition || 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Verdot ||
|| Brix at Harvest || 24.0° – 25.0° ||
|| Cooperage || 20 months in 65% new oak: 1/2 French oak (Allier & Tronçais); 1/2 American oak (Missouri) ||
|| Alcohol || 14.9% ||

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