2018 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Rhadamanthus

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Diamond Mountain
Drink between 2024 - 2040 (Edit)
CT97.8 6 reviews
Label borrowed from 2017
Label borrowed from 2017
Label borrowed from 2016

Community Tasting Notes 6

  • tbabes wrote: 99 points

    October 29, 2021 - Kinsman Eades tasting at Wheeler Farms with Shae; all wines had been double decanted the previous day. I didn’t realize this was a blend, with 20% Cab Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. Similar color to the Voleuse du Chagrin, but a bit more structured and reserved at present; a serious wine. A rather introverted bouquet, eventually offering up complex scents of black currants, cassis, roasted fennel; hints of violets, dark baking chocolate, briar patch and earth. Medium bodied, classically structured, great focus and depth; firm but ripe tannins, long and incredibly well delineated finish. Noble, refined and in need of at least a decade of bottle age, I imagine the 2018 Rhadamanthus will be chasing perfection circa 2030!

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  • beersandvinesbythecreek Likes this wine:

    August 23, 2021 - Second Kinsman wine that I was able to enjoy with Shae at Wheeler Farms. This is clearly more serious than the Bella Oaks or La Voleuse I tried first, but there is clear consistency in the winemaking style as there is amazing purity here. Very interesting, this wine is poured before the Anjea. You would think the mountain wine should be poured last, but somehow this just works. Red color with a big expressive nose. Red and black fruit for now with some cocoa. Tannins are present, but not unpleasant and again the acidity is there to help with aging. In the end, let this sit, pick it up, and then make sure you remind yourself it needs to sit even more. Just simply stunning. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot and 13% Cabernet Franc. I feel honored to have secured a few bottles of this.

  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine:

    June 14, 2021 - 2021 Napa - June 9-12: This was the biggest of the Kinsman wines. Fruit peeking through the tannic structure but plenty of acid to age gracefully. More open and less tannic than I remember the 2016 at a similar stage. Shae suggested drinking ‘17 before ‘16 or ‘18. I agree and will let these babies rest for 7 years if not more. I think AG hit this spot on…in 7-9 years, and for a long drinking window. Patience is your friend for optimal results and buy, buy, buy, if you can find it!

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  • sean7711 Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 13, 2021 - Napa 2021 Trip; 5/10/2021-5/13/2021 (Napa Valley, CA): Another amazing wine from Kinsman. This one needs more time. The 2016 was open for a slight moment a year or two ago, but my guess is (I'm too afraid to open a bottle) it is back under slumber for many years. I think this one will ultimately be another 10-20 year wine for me. Shae told me the blend, but it's roughly a 80% cab / 20% CF (don't shoot me if that's wrong - hazy days of tasting and note taking was never my thing, in school or in wine).

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  • Jbarryleonard Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 4, 2021 - Napa - All my COVID finds; 4/29/2021-5/5/2021 (Napa): This blew me away. I fully expect this to be triple digits in no time. Unbelievably complex and layered. Mouth coating soft tannin followed by dark chocolate (the slightly bitter kind, not sweet) covered dark fruit and almost spicy on the finish (I'm not sure if that is a thing but it was with this). Maybe some leather notes after that? I'm not sure. There was so much going on here. I could not get enough.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Part 1 (Jan 2021), 1/1/2021 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Kinsman Eades
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Rhadamanthus
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Diamond Mountain

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  • Pending Delivery 71 (19%)
  • In Cellars 296 (79%)
  • Consumed 6 (2%)

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