2017 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Rhadamanthus

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Diamond Mountain

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 23, 2021 - Kinsman goes 2 for 2 on the very challenging 2017 vintage. LPB's 89+ with the much feared ? after it to indicate potential smoke taint gave me pause on release, but I can definitely say there was no trace of it in this bottle. As with the Anjea, this was one of the top 2017's I've had to date.

    Lovely aromas on the nose are driven by black olives, black cherries, rose petals, crushed rock and earthy notions. On the palate, this has a serious mineral streak running through it, with exceptional freshness and tension. The tannins are still quite prominent, but you can get at this wine much more than the 16 Anjea I had alongside. It's fairly high toned with red and blue fruit per the Diamond Mtn source and vintage. The finish is long and satisfying.

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/25/21, 3:51 PM - Cristal- welcome to the P A R T Y. I haven’t had the ‘17 but the ‘16 & ‘18 are insane Rhad are insane wines and I would put them H2H against anyone. Have an awesome time next weekend, look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/25/21, 3:54 PM - Hi LIOF: Actually just returned from a whirlwind 3 day trip. Not sure how I will possibly get to all the wines we tasted, but thought I would put together my notes on Kinsman while they are fresh. It's definitely awesome stuff!

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/25/21, 3:58 PM - So glad you guys got to taste their wines and had a great trip! I know what you mean, I have basically given up with the trip 3/4 of the way through.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/25/21, 4:31 PM - Thanks man! It really was an epic trip and one that will be hard to top. After the past year of Covid and fires, it was just that much sweeter!

  • Geaux Tigers commented:

    4/25/21, 7:26 PM - Thanks for sharing!

    We’re gonna need to see the rest of those notes/impressions. Some of us just got back, and some of us (me) are going soon!

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/26/21, 7:13 AM - Cristal, was this bottle PNP or decanted before visit? The evolution of 17 over a few days was pretty damn stellar. IMO the first few hours might has set the stage like a great book or movie. Thanks for posting.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/26/21, 7:49 AM - It was open beforehand, although I can't say for how long. Another one I was able to follow over 2 days, and it definitely continued to improve.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/26/21, 9:11 AM - I'm beginning to move away from decanting wines unless very familiar with the first phase. Some of the 18's I've tried are so lifted and beautiful at first and become beast with ox. I would hate to miss that window of expression and go straight to palate fatigue. 17 Rhad was absolutely fantastic day 2.

  • Geaux Tigers commented:

    4/26/21, 4:29 PM - MJP can attest, a benefit of a four hour flight home, apart from a recovering liver, is to put down fleeting memories into coherent tasting notes!

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