Schrader Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Taking a page from our historic Schrader Old Sparky program, the 2018 Schrader Colesworthy represents our finest, most compelling barrels of the vintage from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard. Intense and wildly aromatic, the 2018 vintage mesmerizes with lavish fragrances of cassis, blackberries, and sweet vanilla interlaced with very interesting threads of graphite and shale minerality. This sexy wine delivers an intensely pleasurable, plush mouthfeel with soft, supple tannins that weave through the substantial fruit core, culminating in a long and vibrant finish.
After a wet and cool winter, both bud break and flowering got off to a later-than-normal start. Summer brought nice, even temperatures with very few heat spikes, resulting in great phenolic development in the grapes and even ripening across all our vineyard sites. Due to the lower-than-normal summer temperatures, the grapes enjoyed long, steady ripening. This allowed for wonderful sugar development while maintaining structure. Once in barrel, the wines showed prodigious depth and incredible character that wonderfully displayed the benefits of slow, even ripening. A winemaker’s dream, the 2018 vintage has produced wines that will provide exceptional pleasure upon release and age gracefully in your cellar.
The Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, located in Northwest St. Helena, boasts a viticultural lineage of more than 150 years, dating back to the 1840s when it was planted by Edward Bale. The name translates from Spanish to “the stones,” which aptly describes the soil composition of the vineyard. The high concentration of rocks and pebbles allows for easy drainage and causes the roots of the vines to grow deep in search of water and nutrients. The gravelly terrain shows through in the wine, imparting an elegant minerality that sings its way through a dense structure of lush black and blue fruit, a signature of this distinctive estate.