My first bottle of Schrader. Celebrating my son's birthday. Dark purple. Fragrant nose of dark fruit, this is a huge wine with blackberry jam, minerals, cassis, and perfectly balanced acid, oak, and fruit. Super long finish really does last for minutes. Excellent at pop and pour, did evolve over two hours, went well with occasionally challenging food. Fantastic juice!
99+. Flirting with perfection. All the stuffing is there. Dark raspberry and strawberry not cherry. Dark as motor oil. Purple. Grilling herbs, graphite, explosive. In a few years time I could see it being perfect.
Opened and decanted in wide base for 3-4 hours. Schrader always gets better with air, and this is no different. Huge concentration, great balance and good complexity. Dark fruit, spice, cassis and integrated oak. Great stuff but as usually only have one bottle...
Decanted for an hour and half and then followed over next couple of hours. A little air definitely helped this out, but it drank well from the start. These Schrader Cabs are so consistent in terms of quality.
Having bought the past four vintages, it seemed like it was past time to actually open one for the first time. Decided to take this bottle with us for a night "away" at a hotel, thinking we would have a little before and after dinner. Well, we were running behind, and ended up opening it to breath before walking out to dinner! but didn't have any until after we got back! and of course we had a few drinks at dinner, so we didn't have much more when we got back. Then, the next night was the Super Bowl, and had a glass after coming back from a party with a lot of good beer. Finally finished it off on night 3. NOT. THE WAY. I EXPECTED. TO HAVE MY FIRST SCHRADER.
But it was damn good each night. Seemed really well developed, smooth tannins, and pretty fruit. Unfortunately, the circumstances didn't really lend themselves to more refined notes. But it was good, and not sure that much more is necessary. Maybe next time.
Decanted for 6 hours. This wine was intense, powerful, but smooth all at the same time. Hints of graphite and smoke on the nose. Lots of blue and black fruit with a juicy mouthfeel. 6 hour decant really helped this wine show well at a young age but it will age beautifully for many years to come.
Eric's 40th Birthday Party: This was very tight at first and took over six hours to really open up and give a peek at the beautiful wine hiding inside. Loads of very dark fruit (maybe black currants) along with some vanilla and a hint of cocoa powder. Very structured on the palate with grippy tannins. A few more years in the bottle should help this to become more expressive and unfurl the layers that are tightly wound up right now.
Had with Jeff and wife the night of Winter Storm Nemo. also poured 2008 Greer and 2007 Scarecrow.
On first pour, the RBS tasted similar to an aged Bordeaux: very smooth mouthfeel, secondary characteristics and a nice long finish. Both Jeff and I were pleasantly surprised. But there was one thing missing...structure. I think this will please most drinkers but for how long? I think this should be consumed over the next 3-5 years...but boy, was it yummy.
Falltacular 2012 (FMIII in the OC): Big boys wine for sure. Oil dark color in the glass. I don't have a lot of experience with these wines but I would definitely let it cellar for 5+ more years before openning. The structure and very tannin driven finish was a bit too much for me at that point in its young life. The finish is ENOURMOUS.
At Falltacular, the winner of the silent auction reportedly popped this open, and I was allowed to taste from someone's glass. In one word, WOW! That was amazing. Didn't get enough to really take it for a spin, but for a pop and pour it was not hot, and the tannins seemed just fine. Nice finish.