TN: 2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

  • 2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five - USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District (4/2/2010)
    Some controversy lately prompted me to open this up probably a few months earlier than I would have.
    Darkish hued wine. Lots of dark cassis on the nose. Unfortunately I get the brett mentioned elsewhere–just a hint mind you. Not deal breaking but sure enough there.
    Some masked pure black fruits are in there: some currant, blackest plum, blackberries and anise and a wee bit of kirschy notes. A hint of cola and some leather. A pretty blowsy medium weight profile. The tannins are chewy and somewhat unstructured at this moment and the balance somewhat disjointed. The finish is very admirable indeed: long and clean. Certainly not in the place it was a year ago,but my hope is still in place for this to rise and shine. 89 for today, 91 is the promise. Lets call it 90. (90 pts.)

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