2017 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Rhadamanthus

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Diamond Mountain
Drink between 2021 - 2032 (Edit)
CT95.3 14 reviews
Label borrowed from 2016

Community Tasting Notes 14

  • EM_MB Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 10, 2021 - 8 hour slow ox. Took another hour or so for the oak to blow off. Still super young and a challenging vintage but oh so good. Very restrained in style vs typical in your face cult cab. This will evolve into something special.

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  • mflesh wrote: 95 points

    July 24, 2021 - A really nice red fruit dominant wine from Diamond Mountain, and very representative of the region. Beat a 2014 Schrader CCS and not even close. There was a lot of complexity going on here. Black cherry, medicinal bing cherry, eucalyptus, herbs, cinnamon, baking spices. And I think this one will still grow and mature a little bit in bottle. The finish had a lot of black pepper, and despite having a lot of stiff oak tannin, the finish was actually quite long and a bit more rounded than I thought it would be. Price is a little bit up there though. If it was me buying, I probably would not have paid the bill for this. Glad to have good wine friends!

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  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 94 points

    June 6, 2021 - Opened in the bottle for five plus hours. Needs time as tannins still grip hard but plenty of ripe dark fruit to compensate. Warm baking spice, anise, and cassis complement. Definitely a great 2017 but really looking forward to 18 and 19.

  • KenK Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 2, 2021 - An impressive wine for the vintage. Impeccably balance with a real deliciousness to the red fruited flavors and a nice spicy finish. Seemingly less extracted and light on its feet with a beautiful texture and a firm frame on the very back end, yet by no means a tannic beast.. Quite lovely already with a good decant. Quite good and well made.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 97 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): Well now party people, you can add me to the list of Cellar Trackers who are all about trumpeting the Kinsman label. The hype is real my friends. I know you don’t need me to convince you otherwise, but I cannot help but throw in my two cents on the wine, the style, and the people behind it.

    The dynamic duo of Nigel and Shae Kinsman have pulled off what is likely one of the few 2017 wines from Napa that have the ability to crush other top shelf competitors’ creations even from stronger vintages (ok, I know it’s not a competition, but it kinda is, right?!...anyway…). I’m sorry, because I know we are supposed to be generally forgiving of 2017s and how “they just need time,” are “just going through awkward phases,” and “will just be more nuanced examples of the varietal” in ten years. Thanks but I heard all that in 2011. And hey, that’s all fine and good, but I’m gonna go ahead and all but dismiss 2017… except (now you see, my hypocrisy knows no bounds already, eh?!)… except…with a handful of wines – as in, I can count them on one hand, which now includes this good ‘ol Kinsman Rhadamanthus. Are there other successes in 2017 from other producers? Yes, of course; I’ve had a few of them. But when you stack them up against some of the others in-play, it becomes painfully evident where the shortcomings are.

    So, I’m no swamy of vintages nor am I a blind tasting guru that can pinpoint a particular wine’s DNA and trace back its berry-by-berry familial history, but I can tell you that when I first took a sip of this wine, I would have NEVER called it out as the 2017 vintage. Napa? Check. Mountain fruit? Check. Diamond Mountain? Check-ish…maaaaaaybe on a really good day of baby Jesus-like clarity I might have been able to check that). 2017? Um…No. But yet, here I am. Face to face with a wine that makes me look like an instant vintage hater. Being humbled is always such an emasculating experience. Fun times.

    In any event…

    The wine: Red and black cherry, wild red raspberry, plum skin, asphalt, ash (like the kind that circles around your nose when you kick the dust in front of you as you’re hiking on Mount Lassen in the dead of summer), salt rock, and an interesting stemmy (pyrazine? – in a great way) character that barely tickles the back of the palate on the tail. Tannic and backward in the best of ways, locking up on the rear and bucking an awesome grip and nervy tension. Finishes perfectly dry, but allowing the succulence to keep peeking through, elongating the drive and extending the execution of flavor. Mountain tannins and acidity are very Margaux-esque in profile. Unbelievable tension.

    Give this a number of years to settle into itself, though I have to say I love the wild vivacity flavor-uppercutting throughout its delivery. 96-97 points. A true testament to the finest winemaking around. This wine is baller!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Kinsman Eades
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Rhadamanthus
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Diamond Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (4%)
  • In Cellars 243 (82%)
  • Consumed 39 (13%)

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