Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
With great concentration and beautiful balance, the Schrader RBS shows wonderful energy and freshness on the palate. Inviting aromas of crushed blackberry and plum compote are complemented by a touch of spring flowers. Flavors of graphite and blue and black fruits dance along the palate with the integration of wood, tannin, and acidity being seamless. Ever approachable in its youth the Schrader RBS is a perennial favorite of our team.
The 2016 vintage was marked early in the growing season by rains that helped to recharge the suffering aquifers with much needed rain that helped to alleviate the drought. As the growing season began flowering presented itself with a small crop that was helped through the season by near perfect summer weather. These ideal conditions continued through harvest where we were able to pick at optimal concentration. The resulting wines from this vintage have intense concentration with a great natural balance that likens itself to the consistent growing season.
The Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, first planted in 1868 by viticultural and winemaking icon Hamilton Crabb, has long been regarded as the source of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Within the vineyard, an alluvial fan provides excellent mineral deposits, and the rich soils are filled with marine sediment. The vines receive full sun and optimal heat during the day and are cooled by marine fog at night. These conditions allow each of the three clones planted in this vineyard (4, 6, and 337), to display its own unique character, and this celebration of individuality is the essence of Schrader.