Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Classically structured with an intense, dense, mouth filling core of unctuous blackberry, black plum, black cherry, and dark olive, the 2017 Schrader is showing great density in its youth. The intense black fruits are balanced by subtle sweet oak spice with a finish framed by firm, full tannins. The wine takes over the senses leading up to an incredibly fresh finish that lasts a lifetime. The natural balance of this young wine positions it for long term aging yet with the ability to be enjoyed upon release.
Spring of 2017 was one of the largest winter rainfall totals we have experienced in recent years. Fortunately, once flowering started, the rains held off and allowed for optimal fruit set and prepared the clusters for even fruit ripening. Veraison finished at the end of August and the vines were positioned for success. Due to a combination of natural phenomena, the yields in 2017 are slightly lower and nearly matched to those that we produced in 2016 and 2015. This lower than average yield allowed for greater concentration on the vine providing the wines with more depth of character and rich complexity.
Rated 93-96 The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard (a barrel sample) is deep purple-black in color and scented of warm cassis, blueberry pie and warm black cherries with touches of spice box, cloves and licorice with a waft of potpourri. Medium to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a lively backbone, it finishes long and earthy.
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate