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2016 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2021 - 2036 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • BrunelloBob wrote: 95 points

    May 3, 2021 - The "retirement bottle." This is huge, even by Napa standards. Raspberry, cranberry, red cherry. Touch of alcohol on the pnp dissipates. Very Good, not great, length. Absolutely delicious, but a Napa-like lack of complexity keeps me from going higher. 94-95.

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  • Kaleido Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 1, 2021 - Decanted for 90 mins. Heady nose of eucalyptus, plum, licorice, vanilla. Very balanced on the palate with nice freshness followed by layers of dark fruits and cherry; ends with a complex finish of milk chocolate, cherry cola, creamy vanilla. Full bodied. Finish 40+ seconds. Juicy and not jammy.

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  • vintage1949 Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 13, 2020 - Decanted this wine for two and a half hours. In the end I think it really needed it. This is not a wow wine but a WOW wine. I must confess the wines attributes are right up my alley so as hard as it is to evaluate this wine from an unbiased perspective I am sure some of my bias sipped through.

    This wine could use a couple more years in the cellar but it is fine to drink now. For some reason I am sensitive to tannins so I have to take that into account when evaluating a wine.

    Finally (whew) my wine notes. The wine needed time to get the nose to open up. Most of the smells were delicate, not overt, but when added together created an orchestral sense to the wine. For me sometimes the smell of a wine is almost as good as the taste. I first noticed cassis followed by one of my all time favorite smells tobacco and vanilla cream. Please remember these are delicate smells not something that slaps you in the face. Along comes some earth and a touch of gravel. Put me in a comfortable chair and I could smell the wine for hours and hours without ever tasting the wine.

    Flavors were rich with each wave (very important) covering the entire palate. The flavors were explicity multilayered creating a wine that is a pure joy to drink.

    When drinking pick a time IMHO when you can relax and enjoy all the different aspects of this wine. Dave

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  • tomoem Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 14, 2020 - Valentines dinner with friends.

    Large aromatic presence that makes you think that you have just opened something special. And special it is. Immediate fruit bomb with thick viscous mouthfeel. Layer upon layer of flavors which jump between Cassis, then tobacco leaf, then fresh vanilla cream, mulberry, plum and some tomato paste. Built for the long run.

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  • msuwine wrote: 96 points

    October 23, 2019 - This rich and dense 100% Cabernet hasn’t entered its drinking window yet, but it's likely to kick it down in style, albeit in a few years. In the meantime, this is awfully good, if you decant for a few hours and don’t mind some inky-dark fruit and teeth-staining tannins. To pick up on Cristal2000’s apt assessment, I think this will be great in 2021 or later; it has tension and structure, and such beautiful fruit, that it should be a classy marvel when it unfolds in the next few years.

    Cherry red in color and full in body, the wine offers unique aromas of crushed blueberry, bay leaf, gravel, and eucalyptus. If the nose leans earthy / herbal, the tastes lean fruit / gravel. The flavors include boysenberry, sour cherry, dark (and milk) chocolate, crushed rock, and rosemary, with a silky finish that has enough fruit to finesse the dusty tannins lurking beneath. 14.9% alcohol. My hunch is that this may enter a backward period in 2020, but it has the stuffing and balance to be incredible in the long run. If drinking now, decant at least two hours. Even better on second day (something I rarely find, for what it's worth).

    More generally, my early assessments of the 2016 vintage have tilted in favor of producers with a touch more restraint. I found many wines from those who specialize in up-front fruit (e.g., Carter, B Cellars) to be too juicy to be enjoyable. On the other hand, wineries that offer less up-front fruit (e.g., VHR, Di Costanzo) made irresistible bottles in the early going. This is obviously just a short-term, personal theory / experience (hey - isn't that what CT is for?!), but - in my book - this wine benefited from this 2016 dynamic in the early period. I haven’t enjoyed young Schraders in the past, but this is a glorious, delicious exception. 96 for now, with upside, even up to three digits, as time allows.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Schrader Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation RBS
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Code 451060977502

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 34 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,315 (86%)
  • Consumed 357 (13%)

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