2018 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon La Voleuse Du Chagrin

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Calistoga
Drink between 2024 - 2040 (Edit)
CT97.6 7 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 7

  • beersandvinesbythecreek Likes this wine:

    August 30, 2021 - The first of the three Kinsman wines that I was lucky enough to try with Shae Kinsman at Wheeler Farms. Easily the most delicate of the three wines, this one is truly just a baby. Deep purple color. Very floral nose, with red fruit on the palate. Grippy tannins and the acidity is there to let you know that this one is built for tomorrow, but given the quality of the winemaking there is immense pleasure in trying this wine now. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. I consider myself immensely lucky that I was able to secure an allocation of this.

  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine:

    June 14, 2021 - 2021 Napa - June 9-12: Sophisticated, more red fruit and more fruit forward than Bella Oaks, glided elegantly over the palate. Tannins are holding this back and this is nowhere near ready for optimal early consumption, but oh boy am I glad I jumped on this. A fabulous effort here! Too bad this is a 2018/2019 two-trick pony for the time being with Geeslin being replanted. Keeping my hands off this one is going to be a big problem!

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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): ...what csimm said. I mean, this is not a joke. Possibly the highlight of my trip was being able to taste this beautiful wine with Shae at Charter Oak - so immediately accessible. Tons of creme de cassis, crushed flower petals. Silky smooth, pure fruit, you can tell the tannins are there but ever so slightly. Glad I have 6 of these coming my way. I'll say it again for the people in the back - get. on. the. list.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 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): You want an Eisele that went on a major Miami Vice bender, pararescued its way out of an Apache AH-64 on to Pablo Escobar’s zooming SCARAB, tripped on 60 kilos of Bolivian marching powder, speedboated its way to Bordeaux, returned to the states with a jug of crazy St. Emilion juice in its hands, detoured to Coachella to watch Flea do a 60-minute bass solo, and finally land back at the motherland in the Valley to spit blackberry motor oil all over a blissful little plot in Calistoga? Well then, you’re in luck, because the 2018 La Voleuse is the answer to all of your prayers.

    Signature black cherry, blackberry, cassis, dry tobacco, pulverized granite, and double espresso notes pop and lock with an unreal grip-speed-grip-go momentum to keep it all buzzing within and around its core. Super grippy (did I mention grip?) with popping (did I mention popping?) acidity. With air, an elegance and controlled depth emerges, providing insight that this party animal has sophistication and class that is undoubtedly on the cusp of blossoming if given some short-term cellaring. How can a wine have both excitement and refinement working conjointly, a pairing none have seen the likes of since Crockett and Tubbs? I dunno. Just drink it and let me know how that works out for ya. Signs point to awesome. 97-98++ points.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 23, 2021 - This new wine is absolutely dynamite. Formerly block 1B that went into Araujo's Eisele (and is now owned by Chateau Latour), the quality of this site is undeniable and an absolute home run for Kinsman. There are probably not more than a couple vineyards that could be considered better than Eisele in all of Napa Valley, so if this wine can even come close to that quality it will be a massive hit. And since Nigel made Eisele for many years, the transition here appears to be somewhat seamless.

    The nose shows violets, creme de cassis, cigar box and crushed stone. The palate is pure class, with fine grained ripe tannins, a silky mouthfeel, excellent depth of flavor and insane purity of fruit. This is the most elegant, refined and sophisticated wine I've tasted from Kinsman. It also shows the most Bordeaux like character. The fruit is super expressive, with a full mid palate and crazy long finish. I found this be enthralling and super fun to drink. 98++

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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 La Voleuse Du Chagrin
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Calistoga

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 373 (92%)
  • In Cellars 30 (7%)
  • Consumed 3 (1%)

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