Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Continuing a superb string of classic vintages, the 2017 Schrader CCS offers excellent aromas of deep blackberry, toasty wood spice, and black licorice. It is exotically rich and intensely flavorful with integrated tannins and a finish of dark coffee and black fruits. An ideal combination of sweet fruit, oak, and balanced acidity provide approachability today and continued aging for the decades to come.
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 94-96 Deep purple-black in color, the barrel sample of 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS has incredible intensity of cassis, fresh cherries and warm redcurrants with touches of tobacco, lavender and wild thyme. The palate is medium to full-bodied, grainy and lively with great expression and some spiciness on the finish.
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate