Red

2018 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2023 - 2038 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Ronreid54 wrote:

    November 16, 2021 - WS 96

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Myman24 Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 12, 2021 - Not a lot of formal notes since it was a long lineup and this was the last bottle but it was surprisingly open for such a young wine. The cassis, forest and graphite notes stood out! Pnp basically

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  • Hon. Uncle Phil Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 9, 2021 - Being fairly new to Schrader, I decided to try one of these after opening a bottle of the 2018 CCS about a month prior to see how this producer's wines stack up. Compared to the CCS's bigger, richer, darker, nuttier profile, this was downright elegant. Although still a big wine that is clearly identifiable as a cab from Napa, this was hitting some high fruit tones and felt less heavy on the palate. I also noticed more apparent structure to the wine and a round, extremely concentrated mid-palate, leading me to believe this will age remarkably well. That said, I was surprised at how nicely this is drinking young, so choose your own adventure with this one. I like it a lot.

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  • beau11 wrote: 98 points

    February 20, 2021 - Decided to try one. Surprised at how this showed, more open and fruit forward than expected as most schrader’s need some time. Purple fruits with some faint tobacco
    /earth. Dense and tasty. Tasted against 15 carter bam and outshined on midpalate, with both wines great but schrader showing more depth. Definitely worth popping one now if you have a few to compare this young wine vs some age. Is 18 this good of a vintage?

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  • msuwine wrote: 95 points

    November 13, 2020 - This rich and powerful Cabernet obviously needs more time, and I clearly shouldn't have opened it... but... sometimes (though not usually) fortune favors the impatient. This is a mouthful of a wine, an onslaught of fruit, tannin, and acidity that is as subtle as a firehose. For those seeking something settled, integrated, and polite, look elsewhere, at least for now. This wine bursts with plushness, energy, and precision, in what I’m starting to think is a fantastic vintage (or at least one that drinks well early), and it should be remarkable in a few years.

    Dark red in color, full in body, explosive aromas of chocolate covered cherry, espresso bean, graphite, and crushed rock. Surprisingly plush flavors of blueberry pie, worn leather, cocoa beans, and dried oregano. The finish starts out prickly and dry, but it gains a silky sweetness with air that makes it go down (oh so) smoothly. 14.6% alcohol. Clone 337. Decant three hours if drinking now, but a rational consumer would wait until 2022 or later.

    Then again, a rational consumer didn’t open this wine tonight; instead, you’ve got me! Full disclosure, aside from being curious (and impatient), I appreciate young wine, not just for its potential but also for its raw exuberance, lightning in a bottle, all that. After tasting the 2012 RBS tonight as well, I trust the 2018 will shed its baby fat and eventually show more BTK elegance. Until then, though, this wine has a loud combination of density, complexity, and power that make it quite appealing, at least to me. 95 at the moment, with upside as the years go on.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • 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 81 (4%)
  • In Cellars 1,894 (92%)
  • Consumed 78 (4%)

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