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2018 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon La Voleuse Du Chagrin

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Calistoga

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Community Tasting Note

  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): You want an Eisele that went on a major Miami Vice bender, pararescued its way out of an Apache AH-64 on to Pablo Escobar’s zooming SCARAB, tripped on 60 kilos of Bolivian marching powder, speedboated its way to Bordeaux, returned to the states with a jug of crazy St. Emilion juice in its hands, detoured to Coachella to watch Flea do a 60-minute bass solo, and finally land back at the motherland in the Valley to spit blackberry motor oil all over a blissful little plot in Calistoga? Well then, you’re in luck, because the 2018 La Voleuse is the answer to all of your prayers.

    Signature black cherry, blackberry, cassis, dry tobacco, pulverized granite, and double espresso notes pop and lock with an unreal grip-speed-grip-go momentum to keep it all buzzing within and around its core. Super grippy (did I mention grip?) with popping (did I mention popping?) acidity. With air, an elegance and controlled depth emerges, providing insight that this party animal has sophistication and class that is undoubtedly on the cusp of blossoming if given some short-term cellaring. How can a wine have both excitement and refinement working conjointly, a pairing none have seen the likes of since Crockett and Tubbs? I dunno. Just drink it and let me know how that works out for ya. Signs point to awesome. 97-98++ points.

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37 Comments

  • msuwine commented:

    4/30/21, 4:28 PM - That is the best first sentence of a review I have ever read on CellarTracker. Wow, well done! Looking forward to trying this wine (and many others you guys have sampled recently). Thanks for all the great notes.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    4/30/21, 4:46 PM - Hi MSU. I was obviously very smitten with Kinsman as a whole. This 2017 is quite the outlier in this vintage in my opinion. Crazy good!

  • PIZZAandBAROLO commented:

    4/30/21, 6:06 PM - LMFAO!!! I can't even...

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/30/21, 6:28 PM - Let me be the first to Welcome you to the Kinsman Boy Band Fan Club.

    So glad you were able to taste their lineup. They are producing some killer juice and this one in particular spoke to how well he knows this vineyard. Great comedic and knowledge transfer notes as always.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    4/30/21, 10:09 PM - Hi Pizza and Lite! I was very fortunate to taste these wines. Now I actually have to get off the waiting list and score an annallocation one day! Dare to dream!

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 7:19 AM - These write up's are fantastic!

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/1/21, 8:51 AM - I was lucky enough to order a 3 pack and a magnum of this wine. Excited to hear great reviews as I visit in June!

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 9:06 AM - I bought everything that was offered and still wasn't enough.

    Greed is good.

    Yours truly

    Gordon Gekko

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    5/1/21, 9:17 AM - GG in the house!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 9:32 AM - I envy anyone who wasn't late to the party here like I was. I'll be in my corner waiting patiently... :)

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/1/21, 10:01 AM - I thought about the 3L but was a bit much at that point. Glad I picked up the maggie though

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 10:17 AM - The Kinsman 3L are stunning. I have one of few made of 16 Rhad. The ink on the bottle was made from crushed rock from the vineyard. Kicking myself for not picking up the 3L La Voluese.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/1/21, 10:20 AM - It's hard to pick up a 3L as well when other releases were in the same timeframe. I had bought greer and piper at the time as well...

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 10:21 AM - You dudes are BALLERS! I genuflect in your general direction :)

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    5/1/21, 10:25 AM - MJP- WTF you didn’t pick up a 3L? We can no longer be friends as I typically drink 4 bottles of the exact same wine or I don’t drink at all.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/1/21, 10:39 AM - I actually think 4 packs are the best number. Not 3 or 6 imo.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    5/1/21, 10:49 AM - I prefer friends with 12, but that’s just me.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 10:49 AM - ballers & morons might be interchangeable

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 10:55 AM - A 3L wouldn't last long with this group. That might be the plan if we put it together.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 11:01 AM - ALL IN over here. Of course, I'll have to bring something other than Kinsman (until I one day can get an allocation). However, I'm sure I can find more than a few worthy nuggets to share from the 'ol cellar!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    5/1/21, 6:16 PM - Don't worry, CSIMM can stock the room high with French coward juice. You'll pop the 3L Kinsman and he'll saunter in with a Grand Cru Chablis and think he just made everyone's day. Not speaking from experience...:) Kidding...

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 10:54 PM - And to think I once loved you Cristal... :(

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    5/2/21, 10:10 AM - When you cheated on Napa with the slutty French temptress, you broke my heart...:)

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/2/21, 10:14 AM - When you introduced me to Harlan, you broke my wallet....

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/2/21, 10:17 AM - When I tried Promontory my mind was blown. I knew then there were levels to this game of wine ha.

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    5/2/21, 10:24 AM - Check your email CSIMM...once again, I hooked you up, even after you went turncoat. Unrequited love creates such sorrow...

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    5/2/21, 10:30 AM - Come’on get a room! Hey I want to be hooked up too.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/2/21, 10:37 AM - Cristal2000 is a God! I even have him liking some white Burgs, so don't be totally fooled by the white flag and expat Frenchie hate he fires off. I will say he brought my attention even more back into Napa with this last trip....with a vengeance. He was right. I was wrong. Relish in that my friend!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    5/2/21, 11:09 AM - Lol. I am glad you came back from the dark side, at least a little bit CSIMM. We'll have to expand the group on one of these Napa visits. Make the wineries really sweat with a bunch of amateur wine critics and big buyers circling the wagons at the same time...

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    5/2/21, 11:15 AM - They wouldn’t know what hit them. Most importantly, how would they handle the major comedic display happening in front of their eyes... I mean in groups of 6 it’s manageable but anything larger...

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/2/21, 11:27 AM - I’m not a fan of circuses, but that is one circus I might actually want to see come to town! Ha!

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/3/21, 7:30 AM - Circus folks. Smell like cabbage. Small hands....

  • Wubai commented:

    5/9/21, 9:25 PM - Wow, what a note, all this imagery will be going through my head when I do open a bottle.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/10/21, 7:10 AM - Wubai... For those fortunate to have scored an allocation, it’ll be difficult to sit on these wines once they arrive, I’m sure. All the Kinsman wines we tasted were so outstanding, but this was my personal favorite - as if you couldn’t tell :)

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/10/21, 8:45 PM - Dang I can't wait for my tasting in June!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/11/21, 8:19 AM - gymnastpro. It also doesn't hurt that the Kinsmans are very fun and gracious people. You will have a good time in June I'm sure.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/11/21, 8:45 PM - Good to know thanks!

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