October 15, 2021 - Approaches perfection. But I was able to resist finishing it and poured 1/3 of the decanted wine back into the bottle for tomorrow. So maybe came up just a little shy of the irresistible factor I imagine for 100 points.
May 13, 2021 - 98 points. Dark purple color with a nose of black fruit. The tannins are firm but already in perfect balance with the fruit. Long 45 plus second finish with chocolate, blackberry and plum.
May 1, 2021 - Ripe red fruits, cassis, currants, cherry, raspberry, red apple skin, red plum, dried earth, leaf tobacco and cigar box, fine baking spices, clove, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. This is perfectly balanced, medium tannin, acidity and medium plus body and length. This has the perfect weight and one of the better red fruit dominant cabs in the valley. Drinks well as a PnP, but will be putting this in a decanter for four hours before dinner.
April 12, 2020 - Popped and poured. This is a dense purple wine. On the nose, I get black currant, cassis, mint, and blueberry. In the mouth, this is a dense, smooth, and layered wine, leaving a rich and long-lasting finish. Overall, this is a powerful wine in which the quality and effort are apparent. That said, it may be too much for some folks (indeed, the absurd over-large bottle is unnecessary and too much for me). Still, it is hard to find a fault and this should be awesome with a quality steak. 94 points.
November 12, 2019 - Still very young, but approachable... fruit concentration is on point, very nicely balanced, elegant on the finish. As expected, this is top tier juice... but surely this will be even better in 2-4 years once it's had more time to integrate.
June 21, 2019 - Had at Sir Winston's with Chateaubriand tonight. For such a young wine with such a short 1 hour decant, this showed beautifully. I have gravitated toward Bevan CS the past few years because my wife and I both prefer fruit-forward wines. Not alcoholic fruit bombs, but 10 pounds of fruit shoved into a one-pound bag. This wine delivered that in spades. If you give it about 4-5 hours and you like fruit, then this will do it for you.
March 3, 2019 - This followed a 1997 Palazzina Le Macioche Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Le Macioche so maybe this is not a fair note, but here goes.
Decanted for three hours. This is a huge wine. Very fruit forward and it seems that I could light a match five feet away and ignite the alcohol in this wine. Big dark fruits, great nose, but way over the top.
Not my thing.
February 8, 2019 - Fourth of the blind red wines. Theme was Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux Blend from Oakville, Stags Leap District or generic Napa Valley with professional reviews of 95+.
Dark and deep ruby red. Dark nose with some feminine characteristics, blackberries, truffles and sweet spices. Medium tannins (6.5/10) with a full body. Great acidity and well rounded palate with layers of dark chocolate, black cherries, pencil shavings and cassis. Long and lingering finish. A real treat and would love to see this in a few years. Drink till 2038. (95+)
August 11, 2018 - Had this at the same time as a 15 Bevan EE, 12 Shafer HSS, 15 Memento Mori LPV and 15 Carter OG. While it was hard to distinguish between the top 3 (Carter, MM and Schrader) as best for me, many thought this was it.
The CCS has a bit more red fruit than the others, but definitely a mix of blue and red. The nose is pretty amazing, with tons of blackberry, black cherry, fresh cut flowers and a bit of forest floor. On the palate, what stood out the most in comparison to the rest of the wines was the amazing mouthfeel and texture. Just pure silk. This wine is incredibly well balanced, showing good concentrated fruit, excellent layering and notable purity. Nothing about it is over the top. Someone said this tastes like the Lafite of Napa and I'm sure that's appropriate. It finishes long and very true.
I think there's a reason Schrader always scores super high among very different critics (WA, WS, V...etc). It has both new and old world qualities. It's not nearly as high octane as say a Carter OG, but it also has significant fruit and concentration. It isn't as old world as say a Forman cab, but there's still great balance, good mineral driven elements and a lot of structure and complexity for aging. On this night, I found it to be very, very good.
May 19, 2018 - TRB wines (SF): Black and red core fruit, with notes of black and red raspberry, black and red cherry, vanilla liqueur, black rock, and some cedar. The mineral note shows up again on the back end (thankfully), saving it from its already overly fruity profile. Weight and balance are in check, however, it's a walk in the park kind of delivery at this stage. Flat and medium mid-palate, with a round, mellow finish.
Not a blockbuster, especially when compared amongst others in the same league...and especially for a BTK. A '15 Pulido-Walker Panek served right before the CCS had more interesting mineral notes for me personally. This CCS's complexity seemed to suffer quite a bit. It plays as a solid wine, but then kinda peters out at the end. 91-93 points depending on when you catch it on the palate. Hold for a few years in hopes it figures out what kind of wine it really wants to be. Some potential here, but...