Red

2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • The Vines That Bind wrote:

    November 29, 2018 - Wood, Concord grape, wood, asphalt, dry wood, glycerin, tar, pen ink, blood, violets. There actually is a fair bit in the nose of you can get beyond the searing alcohol, which is tough to do. Lush black Cabernet grape. While I think there is something to the Georges III fruit, this is teeth staining and palate searing. Probably ~95 in the context of modern Napa Cabernet, but <85 in the broader context of good wine..

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  • mtolerico Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 31, 2017 - PnP, initially this was a massive fruit bomb a real crowd pleaser but not a serious type of wine, it was flabby although balanced. Eventually after several hours the fruit toned done SOME, revealing more graphite, tea, potting soil, vanilla, basically most of the oak flavors... It's a great wine overall, the intensity and purity of the fruit is something to be reckoned with... however overall it's just not up to snuff on must Cabs from good producers that are half the price.

  • J-Sho Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 31, 2017 - Beautiful bouquet of dark fruit with a touch of oak and earth. Palate moderate with present tannins giving a slight rustic tinge. Wonderfully complex and long finish.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 93 points

    February 4, 2017 - PnP and over the course of the first couple of hours, notes of higher-toned, red berry fruit dominated. Red currant, some tart cranberry (which wasn't the most desirable of flavors for me personally from GIII), red and black cherry, brush, and hints of spice. Almost reminded me of a Grenache over a Napa Cabernet, not to mention a Schrader Napa Cabernet. Mid was decent, with some notable energy that carried on through the finish. Purity of fruit seemed elevated. However, there was a significant pucker factor on the back end, really clipping the finish to the point that the initial attack was almost completely muted in terms of the fruit's attempt to push through. The tartness carried through beyond what I would otherwise prefer. When fruit is framed by straight bitterness instead of a solid tannic spine, I become a bit concerned. 89-91 points max on initial consumption.

    A total of four hours of air softened and deepened some of the dominating high register tones, but not entirely. Additional purple and black berry fruit and asphalt flavors tried their hardest to peek through, yet this remained one stubborn monkey in terms of flavor. Somewhat ironically, any discernible spine started to fade as time went on also, rounding out the mid, but the finish stayed clipped. It kinda died in my arms but had instant rigor. Weird.

    Honestly I don't know how others are getting anything really deep or concentrated from this wine. I want to score it higher simply because it is a Schrader; but if I'm rating this just as is, it barely gets a 91-93 from me. If factoring in QPR, the score should be even lower.

    Is it young? Sure. But even young wines at this level should at least show signs of upside. It didn't feel like it was shut down. It felt disjointed, overtly tart, and fairly weak at the end of things. It was an "Ok" Cab I suppose, but this tasted like it could barely compete with a low end, mass produced Duckhorn or Joseph Phelps Cab.

    For those holding bottles, I guess I'd suggest leaving them to lie down for a year or two in hopes they will integrate better. However, I'm not sure this has the fruit concentration or the frame to hold up for too much of a long haul. This was one of the stranger GIIIs I've had from any producer pulling grapes from this site (Boich and 12C have been a little goofy at times too, but for different reasons).

    93 really generous points (I'm probably scoring too high out of respect to the winemaker, producer, and site).

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 28, 2017 - Reddish blue in the glass. Striking notes of licorice, blackberries, spice box and currant. Incredibly rich, plush and round. Totally pallet enveloping. Lacking a bit in structure, but totally sexy and hedonistic. Really full mid pallet and a long finish. Not sure how this ages, but it's very easy to drink now with a little decant.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Schrader Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation GIII
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Rutherford

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 449 (79%)
  • Consumed 117 (21%)

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